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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous temples in Tirupati?

Chandralekha Singh DEC 10 2012
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Tirupati has many temples which are not only famous for their religious importance but also for their flamboyant architecture. It is not possible to visit each and every temple in the city but a few must see are:

Sri Venkateswara Temple (Main Temple)

The most visited temple by Hindus, it is also one of the richest temple in the world. Located on the seventh hill of the Tirupati hills, it lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. According to Hindu Mythology, the Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. The various activities of the temple include prasadam, hair tonsuring, hundi, arjitha seva and thulabharam. Festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami, Brahmotsavam
and Janmashtami are celebrated with great splendor with thousands and thousands of pilgrims taking part in the festivities. Official Site

  • Sri Kodandarama Swamy Temple

    Situated in the heart of Tirupati town, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama along with Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman. Built by a Chola king during the tenth century AD, it has a sub shrine just opposite called as Bedi Anjaneya swamy temple which is the temple of Anjaneyaswami. According to legend, this temple commemorates the visit of Sri Rama to Tirupati. Every year the festivals of Ugadi, Sri Ramanavami and Brahmotsavam are celebrated in this temple on a grand scale.

  • Sri Varahaswami Temple

    According to legend, Lord Venkateswara had to take permission from Sri Adi Varaha Swami to stay in Tirumala which was originally Adi Varaha Kshetra (the home of Sri Adi Varaha Swami). Hence, it is imperative to visit this temple and offer naivedyam here before you make your visit to the Venkateswara Temple. The idol of Sri Varahaswami in Tirumala is of Adi Varaha, as it resembles the description of the Adi Varaha murti in Vaikhanasa Agama texts.

  • Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple

    Sri Govindaraja Swamy is the elder brother of Lord Balaji and his temple makes for the main landmark of Tirupati town, located very near to the railway station. It was sanctified by Saint Ramanujacharya in 1130 AD. The distinct feature of this temple is the imposing Gopuram (elaborately carved tiered towered entrance gateway) which can be seen from a distance. Since its the temple of Lord Balaji's brother, the festivals celebrated here are similar to the one celebrated in his temple. The principal deity is an impressive Sayanamurti (the Lord in a sleeping posture). It is better to buy special Darshan tickets (INR 5) to avoid the long queue. The timings for Sarva Darshan are 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm.

  • Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple

    The only Lord Shiva temple in Tirupati, it is situated about 3 kilometres to the north of Tirupati, at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. The temple is the site of the sacred waterfall called Kapila Teertham also known as Alwar Teertham. The waterfall is a lovely sight, especially in the rainy season. The sub temples are Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple and Sri Vinayaka Swamy Temple. Brahmotsavam along with Vinayaka Chaturthi, Mahashivaratri, Skanda Shasti and Annabhishekam are celebrated here with great splendor.

So, let these temples take you to on a religious journey where you can find inner peace and be closer to the God Amighty.

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