Tirupati : The Sacred City
- How to Get There
- Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple
- Srikalahasti Temple
- Goddess Alamelumanga Temple
- Kapila Theertham
- Talakona Waterfalls
Tirupati : The Sacred City
The holy city of Tirupati is filled with fascinating temples. Located at the foothills of the beautiful Eastern Ghats, the city is filled with regions charms. Most of the visitors here are pilgrims on their journey to visit the incredible Sri Venkateshwara Temple.
How to Get There
By Air :
Tirupati Airport is located 14 km from the town and has regular flights from Delhi,Chennai and Hyderabad.
By Rail :
Tirupati Railway Station is located in the town itself on Katpadi-Renigunta rail route. Tirupati Railway Station that is linked with railway stations like Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Mumbai.
By Road :
There are a lot of bus connections from within Andhra Pradesh and from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.
Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple
The incredible Venkateshwara Swamy Temple is counted among the most popular of Hindu temples. Lord Venkateshwara, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped here. There are many incredible legends surrounding the temple. Among them, the more popular one is that Lord Venkateswara is capable of granting any wish that is made in front of his idol at the temple. A particularly interesting ritual is the donation of hair to the temple. This is done to thank the lord for the fulfillment of a wish. The history of the temple is an ancient one. It is possible that the temple is older than 2000 years.
The Srikalahasti Temple is another popular temple in the vicinity of Tirupati. This majestic temple rises above the town with its massive gopuram. The bright white facades of the gopuram are incredibly striking. It is often considered to be among the more impressive temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in South India. The current building of temple was built under the rule of the Chola kings in the 11th century. However, mentions of the temple site have been found as early as the 3rd century BC.
Built in the 11th century, the Chandragiri Fort is an impressive structure. This fascinating place was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Now, amidst its ruins you will find a great palace which serves as a museum currently. The Raja Mahal is now an archeological museum and it showcases the beautiful architectural styles of its age. The architecture of the museum is of the Indo-Saracenic style while the crowning towers showcase the Hindu styles beautifully.
Goddess Alamelumanga Temple
The scenic Goddess Alamelumanga Temple is dedicated to Lady Alamelumanga, the consort of Lord Venkateshwara. The goddess Alamelumanga is considered to be an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and the Hindu goddess of good fortune and wealth.
The massive Kapila Theertham is a temple which is located right in front of a spectacular mountain cave. Nearby, there is an incredible cascade where the Paapa Vinashanam, a mountain stream, falls majestically through the huge waterfall. The entrance to Kapila Theertham is guarded by an immense stone statue of the bull, Nandi, the steed of Lord Shiva.
The mesmerizing Talakona Waterfalls is located inside the Sri Venkateswara National Park. Here you can enjoy the largest waterfall in the state of Andhra Pradesh falling gracefully over a 270 feet drop. The waterfall is surrounded by an enchanting slice of nature with beautiful hills carpeted with the emerald canopy of trees