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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous temples near Tirupati?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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Not only is the place studded with temples, but there are also numerous temples near Tirupati. Although there are many of them, here are a few temples around Tirupati you must visit:

  • Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple

    This architecturally outstanding temple is located in Nagalapuram which is important place of tourist interest and is 70 kilometres from the main temple of Tirupati. The temple is dedicated to 'Lord Vedanarayana' and was built by Krishna Deva and his mother Nagamba. It is named so as Lord Vishnu retrieved the Vedas from rakshasa (demon) Somakudu in the form of Matsya. The idol inside the sanctum is an image of the Matsya form of Lord Vishnu and it holds the Sudarsana Chakra in prayoga (ready for release). The most important annual festivals in this temple are Brahmotsavam and Surya Puja along with the Float festival conducted in the month of Phalguna.

  • Sri Agastyaswamy Temple

    The temple is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Tirupati at the convergence of three rivers which are Swarnamukhi, Bhima and Kalyan. The beauty of the temple is enhanced by the three sculpted entrances. It has a separate shrine for Goddess Parvati and other shrines devoted to Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya near the tank.

  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple

    This place was the site of marriage of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy and Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, daughter of Akasa Maharaja. Located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Tirupati in Narayanavanam, the temple has four sub-temples and five attached temples. The temple of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari is also present within the main temple complex. The major festivals annually celebrated here are Brahmotsavam, Navaratri and Giri Pradakshina along with the others.

  • Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple

    Situated in Karvetinagaram (near Puttur) which is 48 kilometres from Tirupati, the main deity of the temple is Sri Venugopalaswamy with his consorts Sri Rukmini Ammavaru and Sri Satyabhama Ammavaru. The sub-temple of Sri Sita Ramula Pattabhishekam is also present in the temple. Important festivals of the temple include Brahmotsavam, Utlotsavam, Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Ugadi Asthanam. Open on all days, the temple timings are 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm.

  • Sri Kalahasti Temple

    One of the most famous Shiva temple of south India, it is located in Srikalahasti town located 36 kilometres away from Tirupati. It is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalams in India. It is the site where Kannappa, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanars, was ready to offer both his eyes to cover blood flowing from the Siva Linga before the Lord Siva stopped him and granted mukti. Being a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Maha Shivaratri is the biggest festival celebrated here. Also associated with Rahu Ketu, many pujas related to them are conducted here like Rahu-Ketu puja, Sarpdoshapuja, Graha Doshas puja and Sarva Doshas Puja.

  • Sri Padmavati Samovar Temple

    Situated in Tiruchanoor which is 5 kilometres from Tirupati, this temple is dedicated to consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara, Goddess Sri Padmavati Devi. It is said that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting the Sri Padmavati Devi temple.'Kalyanotsavam' is performed here as in Tirumala between 10:30 am and 12 noon every day. Five members are allowed (INR 500). Special darshan (INR 5) is advisable and the Darshan starts from 6:30 am on Weekdays and from 8:00 am on Fridays. Do visit this temple to complete your visit to Tirupati.

Visit these temples near Tirupati to bring out your spirituality and give you inner peace. Make sure to enquire about the Darshan and Aarti timing beforehand so that you can offer your prayers without any hassles. Have a great trip!

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