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Tirupati Tourism and Travel Guide

EPIC IMPORTANCE

Tirupati The venkatam hill is believed to be a part of the celestial mount meru brought to the earth from vaikuntam by garuda (Lord's vehicle),say the puranas.The Hills are said to be a manifestation of Adi Sesha (the cosmic serpent).The Seven hills of the Tirumala are the said to represent the Seven hoods of Adi Sesha.

Many Alvars, Vaishnavacharyas and Saints have praised the Tirumala Hill with great devotion. Tirumala Mambi, a descendent of the great ascetic Narada, spent his whole life in serving the Lord.

References to the tirumala also found in several of Puranas. Tirumala is one of the 108 sacred shrines of the Sri Vaishanava tradition. According to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu stayed on the earth for some time in the Avatar of Swetha Varaham and rose out of pushkarini as Swayambhuva. His spouse Lakshmi Devi appeared in Thirucharnur. This Swwtha Varaha Avatharam was installed in the temple situated to the west of Swamy Pushkarni. The great religious leader Ramanujacharya visited this shrine on a pilgrimage and systematised the process of worship in accordance with the SriVaishnava that continues to date.

HISTORY

The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century AD), Cholas of Tanjore (10 century), Pandyas of mathura and Vijayanagara pradhans (14th & 15th centuries) were committed devotees of Lord Venkateswara. The statues of Sri Krishna Devaraya and his spouse stand in the premises of the temple. After the decline of Vijayanagara Empire, kings from various states like the king of Mysore and Gadwal, worshiped the lord as pilgrims and gifted various ornaments and valuables to the temple. Raghoji Bhonsle, the Maharastrian commander visited the temple and made a permanent arrangement regarding the regular pujas to be done to the Lord.

In 1843 the temple gave up administrative authority of Venkateswara Temple along with the temples in the village to the head of Hatthimji monastery in Tirumala. Till 1933 the administration of the temple had been wielded by the head of that monastery, Hathiram Mahantha.

In 1933 the Madras government appointed a Commission to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam through a special statutory authority to run the administration of the temple. In 1951 another Hindu Religious and endowment Act was made which felicitated the appointment of an executive officer and Board of trustees and they run the administration. The executive officers of this institution in the South have been maintaining administration.

TirupatiHow to Reach:

By Air: Direct flights are availbale to and from Tirupati to Hyderabad and Chennai.

By Train: Tirupati has its own railway station but many trains pass only through the nearby town of Renigunta or Gudur.

By Road: Bus services connect Tirupati to all the important places of the state and Tirumala.

Shopping in Tirupati

Introduction
Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, nestled within the hills in the Eastern Ghats is a well known pilgrimage centre in South India, for the beautiful temple of Lord Venkateshwara, standing majestically with its gracefully carved gold gopuram. Apart from the sacred visit to the temple, which is also a stunning success of Dravidian architecture, there are other shrines in Tirupati as well. And along with the religious reasons for visiting this place, which is considered the second religious institution after Vatican City, shopping in Tirupati is something that the pilgrims and the tourist never misses to indulge in once they are in Tirupati.

Things to buy in Shopping in Tirupati

Among the things to but in Tirupati there are unique items of handicrafts such as the woodcarvings and kalamkari and the special and popular whitewood toys. The shopping outlets in Tirupati also sells the beautiful and traditional Tanjore style Gold Leaf paintings. These paintings are done at the Madanapalli town. These paintings found in Tirupati are famous for their mythological motifs and themes.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam also publishes a number of books and periodicals based on the treatises of Hindu religion. There are special category books on Itihaas, Sthothrasn etc. They also publish cd’s and cassettes of the Vedas, Sanskritanas and Pravachanams. Like most of the religious towns, Tirupatia also is the place where you can shop for plenty of religious items such as photographs and idols of various Gods and Goddesses, brass lamps, rangoli stickers, vermillion in garish boxes etc. another interesting item found here are different kinds of interesting mud piggy banks.

TirupatiPlaces for shopping in Tirupati

Some of the areas famous for shopping in Tirupati are the Bazaar Street in Chandragiri where there are shops like the Mohan General Stores, Shri Lakshmi general Stores and Omkar Stores. For beautiful handicraft materials, you can visit the Lepakshi Emporium which has an outlet located near the TTD Central reception Office.

Tirupati
Sheermal is a popular dish here in Tirupati. Sheermal is sweet bread, more like a Danish pastry. Tirupati is famous for a lot of sweets, specially the exotic “Luddu” which is given as “Prasada” of the temple. Meals at the temple are popular for rich variety and the sweet rice is a delicacy here. Food is served on traditional banana leaves while you will be seated in long cues. Eating food at Tirupati temple is considered very auspicious.

Hotels in Tirupati

Golkonda Resort & Spa
Aditya Park
Amrutha Castle
Placida