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History

Tirupati City is located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh State. It lies about 152-km northwest of Chennai in the Venkatadri Hills. The abode of the `Kaliyuga` deity Lord Venkateswara, popularly known as Balaji, Tirupati has for centuries remained a destination divine and this is quite evident as one goes round the various temples and spots of natural beauty surrounding this major town. In fact, the government has proposed to give special status to the town on the lines of the Vatican of the East. Lying at the southern tip of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh, the district has a number of perennial waterfalls and vast forest cover. About 10-km northwest of Tirupati, at an elevation of 750m, is the sacred hill of Tirumala, which was considered so holy that before 1870 non-Hindus were not permitted to ascend it.
Tirupati was developed mainly by the contributions made by kings during their rule. Almost all the kings from great dynasties of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine of Tirupati. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions. During the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty contributions made to the temple increased enormously. Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the Tirupati temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple at Tirupati.

After the fall of Hindu kingdoms, came the Muslim rulers of Karnataka and after their downfall the British took over, and many of the temples came under their supervisory and protective control. In 1843 AD, the East India Company divested itself of the direct management of non-Christian places of worship and native religious institutions.

Tirupati Balaji

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Lord Venkateswara is the main diety of the Tirumala temple, Tirupathi. The lord is an incarnation of lord Vishnu.

He is worshipped by the people with different names like Balaji, Srinivasa, Govinda. Venkateswara means the Lord who destroys the sins of the people. According the Hindu scriptures, Vishnu, out of love towards his devotees, incarnated as Venkateshwara and appeared for the salvation and upliftment of humanity in this Kali Yuga and is considered the supreme form of Vishnu in this age.

Suprabhatam is a name given to Sanskrit hymns recited in the morning to awaken the Lord.The most famous is the Lord Venkateswara Suprabhatam recited at Tirupati to awaken Venkateswara.It was composed around 1500 by Sri Prativadi Bhayankaram Annan Swami, a disciple of Sri Manavala Mamuni, who also composed Sri Ranganatha Suprabhatam.

Tiruchanur

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Tiruchanur being situated in a plain country, this proxy temple of Sri Venkateshwara attracted large numbers of Pilgrims who came here to pay their homage to the Lord. A Lord Shiva temple, named after Parasareswara, was constructed in the western part of the village (in the present hamlet Jogi-Mallavaram) and it soon grew popular. There was an important Vaishnava settlement at Tiruchanur by the beginning of the Ninth Century.

The Cholas conquered Tondamandalam in which the Tirupati-Tiruchanur area was situated and they were patrons of Shaivism and Shaiva influence reached this erstwhile Vaishnava stronghold of Tiruchanur. Thus, this region came under the influence of Vaishnavism. The Vaishnavas at Tiruchanur established a Tirumantrasalai and carried on proselytising activity. They also constructed a Tiruvilankoil and set up in it an image of Sri Venkateshwara as a representative of the original God of the vedangam hill.

However, the decline of Chola power about the middle of the thirteenth century led to the rise of many local chieftains to independence. Tiruchanur is important for five temples, four of which exist even to this day. These are the Tiruvilankoil, the Krishna temple, The Parasareswara Temple, the Varadaraja temple and the temple of Padmavathi. The Temple is about 5 km from Tirupati railway station. The Temple is well connected by road and there are frequent buses from Tirupati.

Vishvaksena Temple

Vishvaksena Temple - BindaasTravel.com

Sri Vishvaksena Temple is located to the north of the main temple, in the Mukkoti Pradakshinam. It occupies an important place in the Vaikhanasa Agama according to Vaishnavite traditions Sri Vishwaksena is worshipped first as the chief of the Lords army and is said to protect every function and rituals from evil. The idol has four hands - the upper two holding a sankha and chakra, the right lower in Avgana hastam, and the left lower on the hip i.e. Gada hastam. During the daily worship of Lord Venkateswara, the garlands and flowers (called nirmalya) from the Lord`s idol are removed and used to worship Vishwaksena.

Surface

APSRTC buses run from all the important places in the state and between Tirupati and Tirumala. TTD also runs buses between Tirupati and Tirumala, free of cost.

Train

Tirupati is the nearest railway station. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta or Gudur, are convenient points to alight. From Renigunta / Gudur one can reach Tirupati by train, bus, or taxi.

Air

Direct flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad and Chennai only.

Celebrity Boutique Hotel

Celebrity Boutique Hotel - BindaasTravel.com

Bhimas Deluxe Hotel is ranked amongst the leading tourist hotel in Tirupati. The hotel provides guests exclusive amenities and flawless services, at affordable prices. It features snug accommodation units, exclusively designed to offer a welcoming ambience, coupled with the warmth and comfort of home. In addition to a sumptuous eatery, the hotel has a well-equipped conference hall to meet the needs of business visitors. With its convenient location and warm hospitality, Bhimas Deluxe Hotel serves as an ideal place to stay for all kinds of travelers in Tirupati.

Address :
34-38G, Car Street
Near Railway Station
Tirupati-517501 India

Fortune Kences Hotel

Fortune Kences Hotel - BindaasTravel.com

Fortune Kences Hotel is a classic tourist hotel in Tirupati, placed on Renigunta Road with smooth access from all the major points in the city. It has a grand structure, well-complemented with stylish interiors and cozy traditional furnishings. The hotel offers an array of rooms and suites, supplied with aesthetic comforts and flawless services, to match the taste of each and every traveler. Fortune Kences Hotel, with its multiple dining option, state of the art conference & banquet hall and unmatched hospitality, has entrenched itself as a prominent destination for vacationers, pilgrims, as well as business clientele in Tirupati.

Ramee Hotel Guestline

Ramee Hotel Guestline - BindaasTravel.com

Ramee Hotel Guestline is a deluxe hotel, which offers a range of guest services with the finest of hospitality to the discerning travelers in Tirupati. Situated close to major roadways and public transport terminals, the hotel serves as an ideal spot for tourists, who are willing to explore the pilgrim city. Besides chic accommodation, the hotel boasts of rejuvenating spa, fitness centre and a sprawling swimming pool to make the stay a truly relaxed one. In succinct, Ramee Hotel Guestline provides the guests with all the warmth and comfort of home in a riveting ambience.

Address :
14-37, Karakambadi Road
Tirupati-517501 India

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