Beautiful places to visit near the Tirumala temple
Tirumala Tirupati temple along with most important and beautiful places to visit near the temple
- Tirumala temple:
Tirumala Venkateswara temple is located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati. Loard Venkateswara Swamy is believed to have here to save the mankind from troubles and sins that are done by the common people of kali yuga. Tirumala hills are portion of sheshachalam hills and are 853mts above from the sea level and consistes of seven peaks. The temple is located on the last peak called Venkatadri. The temple is believed to be constructed under a period starting from 300 AD. The temple is considered as one of the eight lord “VISHNU” swayambu kshetras and also filed as 106th and the earthly “Divya Desam”. According to the donations received and wealth the temple is considered as the richest temple in the world. Around 30 – 40 million devotees visit the place annually on an average but in case of festivals and during the brahmostasavam times number of pilgrims may increase.
From Vijayawada it is around 435km, from Hyderabad it is around 570km, from Chennai it is around 138km and from the Bangalore it is around 291km. now coming to some other important places to visit near Tirupati.
- Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple:
The temple is located in Tiruchanoor and from Tirupati it is around 5km. It is believed that the goddess was born to the ruler of the place or region called “Akasha Raju” and later married to lord “Venkateswara Swamy”. It is also said that the goddess gave darshan to the lord Venkateswara swamy on a red lotus flower near the Alamelu mangapuram. Goddess Padmavathi exhibited herself in the holy pushkarini called Padmasarovaram.
- SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARASWAMI TEMPLE:
The temple is located at Srinivasa Mangapuram and it is around 12km from Tirupati. Here lord Venkateswara swamy was considered as the “Kalyana Venkateswara Swami” and the important thing about the temple is it is categorized as an Ancient monument of the National importance by the Archaeological survey of India. Previously the temple is under the control of Archaeological department from 1967 to 1981 and later it was handed over to TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam). Here the deity will be facing towards west and it will be in standing position. In the temple along with kalayana Vekateswara Swami there will be Lakshmi Narayana Swami and Sri Ranganatha Swami.
- ISKCON TEMPLE:
ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) lord Krishna temples are located all over the world. ISKCON temple in Tirupati is very popular due to its architecture and location which seems to be more attractive for the devotees. In the year 1982 the idea about the physical form of the temple took place while in the 1983 a small ashram was established. The temple actually located at the foot of the Tirumala hills and in the year 1984 a very small temple was started with the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. In the year 2005 the temple was opened to everyone. The temple is located in the Hare Krishna Road, vinayak nagar in Tirupati.
- GOVINDARAJA SWAMI TEMPLE:
Govindaraja Swami Temple was built during the 12 century and it is considered as the earliest structures in the Tirupati and also considered as the biggest temple complex. Actually the Tirupati City was built around this temple and it was administrated by the TTD. It is believe that the invasion of Govindaraja perumal temple in Chidambaram the Utsava deity was brought to the Tirupati City for safe keeping and after the invasions the Utsava murtis were taken back. The structures in and around the temple belongs to 9th-10th centuries. Before Govindaraja Swami as presiding deity Sri Parthasarathy Swami was the presiding deity of the temple.
- KAPILA THEERTHAM TEMPLE:
Here in this temple the idol is believed to be installed by the Kapil Muni and therefore the Lord Siva is reffered as Kapileswara. The temple is located near the mountain cave at the foot of the Tirumala Hills where the waters of the mountain falls directly into the temple pushkarini which is known as Kapila Theertham. Kapila Muni performed prayers to Lord Siva at this place and blessed with the Muni’s devotion. The temple received a good patronage from the kings of Viayanagaram from 13th century to 16th century.
- JAPALI THEERTHAM TEMPLE:
Japali theertham is famous Hanuman temple and most important places during the visit to Tirumala. There will be trekking around a kilometer into the woods. It is located 3km from the Gogarbham dam. It is believed that the Lord Rama along with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman stayed there and also there is a pond called Rama Kund within the temple itself. Devotees of Lord Hanuman believe that the holy water of Japali theertham can wash away the evils and sins. There will be tree with a form of Lord Ganesha at its base.
- TALAKONA WATERFALL – TIRUPATI:
Talakona waterfalls are located in Sri Venkateswara National Park and it is considered as the higest waterfall in the Andhrapradesh and it is famous for the Siddhesawara Swamy temple near the waterfall. It is 58kms from Tirupati and it is a resort along with waterfalls and declared as a biosphere reserve in 1989.
- TTD GARDENS:
TTD Garden area occupies around 460acres and there are some nurseries at traveler’s bungalow area, Gogarbham Dam area, Sri Padmavathi Guest house and finally Divyaramam area where a lakhs of plants are propagated annually. During the 14th century it is believed that Vaishnava acharya Sri Ramanuja along with his disciple have been responsible for the establishment of these gardens. Around 500kilograms of flowers were supplied in and around the places of tirumala.
- DEER PARK:
Deer park in Tirupati is the most famous nature park; it is a tourist enjoyment park allowing you to enjoy the nature and deer wandering around the park. It is maintained by the TTD and is located around the Tirupati city. You can relax of abundant nature and beauty, kids will surely enjoy the park visit.