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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the items that Tirupati is famous for?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Shopping is something that you can never get enough of, right? Being a pilgrimage destination, shopping in Tirupati is not confined to buying Idols and other holy objects. The city is has a few shops, markets and shopping arcades offering a wide variety of items which will certainly cater to all kinds of needs of its traveller.

  • Handicrafts
    Tirupati is famous for its handicrafts like Woodcarving and Kalamkari. The special Whitewood toys along with Traditional Tanjore style Gold leaf Paintings which are done at Madanapalli town are also popular and available in shopping outlets in Tirupati. The Tanjore style Gold leaf Paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colors and compact composition.These paintings have mythological themes as motifs and are panel paintings done on solid wood planks and hence referred to as Palagai Padam. These paintings have become souvenirs of festive occasions in South India and are truly collectors' items for art lovers. You can also find numerous shops selling terracotta products such as pots, lamps, face marks, toys and other artifacts found in different shapes and multi colors.

  • Publications
    Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which has a publication department, publishes books & periodicals on Hindu religious treatises. The publications are in various languages which are Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and English. Their Saptagiri Magazine was started in 1949 with an objective to propagate religious thoughts, nurture spiritual ideals and develop bhakti and positive thinking among the people. The cost of the publications are kept low so that everyone can read them, like the Saptagiri Magazine is priced at INR 5 per copy.

  • Devotional CDs and DVDs
    These are widely available in Tirupati and Tirumala and make for a great gift for the older generation. CDs and DVDs of Venkateswara Keerthanas (songs) especially by Annamacharya, are the most important purchases devotees look out for while shopping in the temple premises. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam produces, distributes and markets the cassettes in video and audio formats of Vedas, Sankirtanas and Pravachanams.

  • Idols and Gift items
    Being a religious place Tirupati is abundant in various idols, frames of Gods and also the other paraphernalia required for performing a puja. The city also has several gift items such as photo frames, copper and brass sculptures of Hindu mythological idols. Most of these deities come in wide variety of colors and unique forms. Apart from this, the place is the best place to shop for bangles, bracelets, anklets, silver jewellry, games, etc.

We are sure you are desperate to get your hands on these unique items. Buy these exclusive merchandise as they make great gifts for family and friends back home.

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