Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is home to the most famous and important Vaishnavite shrine of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (AKA Tirupati Balaji Temple) and is referred to as the "Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh".
According to legend, it is the place Lord Vishnu chose as an alternative to Vaikuntha, his celestial home. Tirumala hills have seven peaks (AKA "Sapthagiri") and the temple is situated on the seventh peak, Venkatachala. Tirupati is situated on the foothills of Tirumala. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD.
Tirupati is one of the most-visited places of worship in the world. The temple receives anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 pilgrims daily. Besides being a pilgrim town, modern-day Tirupati is fast turning into a business hub of southern Andhra Pradesh.
There are a few other temples in Tirupati that are worth visiting, including the Sri Kalahasti Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Kondandarama Temple, Parashurameshwara Temple, and the ISKCON temple.
Tirupati is also home to a unique geological wonder that shouldn’t be missed out on. The Silathoranam is a natural arch formed out of rocks and is located at the Tirumala Hills.
Explore & Experience in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh–
- Sri Venkateshwara Temple (AKA Tirupati Balaji Temple)
- Akasaganga Teertham
- Swami Pushkarini Lake
- Sri Kalahasti Temple
- Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
- Kondandarama Temple
- Parashurameshwara Temple
- ISKCON Temple