Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
Tirumala Tirupati Temple - Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara
The most visited pilgrimage shrine in India
The Tirumala Tirupati temple is located in the seven hills town of Tirumala, near Tirupati, in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Tirumala hill is situated at an altitude of 853 m above the sea level and is spread over an area of 27 sq. km.
The temple lies on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, on the southern banks of a holy water tank, called as Sri Swami Pushkarini. The Tirumala Tirupati temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, also called as the Lord of seven hills, and is the most visited pilgrimage shrines in India. The temple is visited by approximately 50,000 to 100,000 devotees daily.
The Tirupati Tirumala temple depicts the perfect form of Dravidian style of architecture. The temple complex comprises of a traditional temple building, with a number of modern queue and pilgrim lodging sites. The main idol of Lord Venkateswara, which is 8 feet tall, is situated in Sanctum sanctorum, called the Garbha Griha. One has to stand in long queues for hours in order to offer prayers to Lord Venkateswara. The important festivals celebrated with full enthusiasm at the Tirupati temple are Brahmotsavam, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and Ratha Saptami.
Best Time to visit Tirupati Tirumala Temple
The best time to visit Tirumala Tirupati is from October to March.
How to reach Tirupati Tirumala Temple
The nearest airport is at Renigunta, which is about 15 kms from Tirupati; and the nearest railway station is at Tirupati.
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