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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

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‘Tirumala Venkateswara Temple’ at Tirumala, andhra pradesh is dedicated to lord Venkateswara or ‘Balaji’ - and is one amongst the most visited religious and richest center in world. This Hindu temple is located in the hilly town of Tirumala. Tirumala is located very close by to another very popular temple Tirupathi.

The famous Tirumala Hill is about at the height of 3,200 feet. Its seven peaks represent seven hoods of Adisesha. Many Hindu pilgrims undertake the journey to Tirumala on foot. Some climb the hill barefooted. However there are other facilities for 18 tourists as well. One can take a bus ride or even a taxi ride if it is in your budget to take you to the top of the hill. Tirumala even offers bus services which would take you to Tirupati direct.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple located on Seven Hills is one of the oldest temples in the world dating back to billions of years. The presiding deity of this Holy Temple is Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Venkateswara. Lord Venkateswara is popularly known by several other names such as Balaji, Govinda, Srinivasa, Venkatesha, Venkateshwara, Venkanna, Yedukondala Vaasa, (The dweller on Seven Hills), Seshachala to name a few.

The temple is the richest pilgrimage centre, and the most-visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50 thousands to 1 lakh per day. While on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 5 lakhs making it the most-visited holy place in the world.

The major plus point of Tirupati is that it is connected to almost all the major cities in India. Tirupati Railway Station has the most scenic backdrop of Tirumala hill. If you find airways to be most convenient there is an airport in Tirupathi. Chennai is closest international airport for all the foreign nationals.

Garbha Gruha:

The Garbhagruha or sanctum is where the idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara is placed. The idol stands majestically in the Garbha Gruha, directly beneath a gilt-dome called the “Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana”.

The moolavirat of lord Venkateshwara

This Holiest of the Holy idol called Mulaberam, is believed to be self- manifested. The entire Moolavirat is decked in gold, diamonds, pearls, and rubies and every other jewelry.


The effects of visiting this Holy Shrine

The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that in the Kali Yuga, one can attain Mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala. Just to have a Darshan of this Swayambhu Moolavirat thousands of visitors visit daily.

Festivals :

Many festivals are conducted throughout the year. Tirumala Brahmotsavam is the most important annual festival at Tirumala and is celebrated for nine days in the months of September / October.

Temple’s Full Address:

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala Hills, Chittoor District , Andhra Pradesh, India.