Amidst the thickly-wooded
hills in Chittoor district lies the temple town of Tirumala with
Tirupati at the foothills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara. The range of
hills is said to resemble a snake with Tirumala forming the hood. Lord
Venkateswara, the residing god, is known as ‘Lord of the Seven Hills’
Tirupati and Tirumala today are modern destinations of pilgrim tourists.
Not only the bliss of a divine 'darshan' but added attractions provided
by nature make them the ideal pilgrimage-cum-holiday destination.
While Balaji remains the main draw, the beauties of nature and the
serene surroundings have made Tirupati today a much visited town. A
beautiful road leads up across the Seven Hills to Tirumala.
is a world in itself, millions of pilgrims from all over India and
abroad visit the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati round
the year. In addition to various shrines scattered all over Tirupati and
beyond there are holy water falls, scared rivers and archaeological
wonders. It is regarded as one of the most ancient temples which were
mentioned in Puranas and Sastras.
temple is patronized by the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar
Rulers and the later kings of Mysore. Hastakalaramam Papanasanam,
Akasganga, Gogarbham, Shilathoranam, View Point, S.V. Museum are the
other places worth seeing at Tirumala. Kapilatheetham, Hare Rama Hare
Kishna Mandir, Regional Science Centre, S.V.Zoological Park, Srinivasa
Mangapuram, Kalyani Dam, Chandragiri Fort, Tiruchanur, Govindaraja Swamy
Temple are the other places worth seeing in and around Tirupathi.
Tirupati Devasthanams is an
independent trust which monitors the activities of the
Sri Venkateswara Temple, and maintains maintains 12
temples and their sub-shrines in the Tirumala-Tirupati
areai. The chairman of the board is nominated by the state
government of Andhra Pradesh.
The TTD's stated goals
include the restoration of Sanathana Dharma, reviving various failing
temples of South India and running Vedic schools and Veda parishats.