SRI VENKATESHWARA TEMPLE, TIRUMALA
Virtual Tour of Venkateshwara Temple, Tirumala - through our website you can walk-around the Venkateshwara temple virtually and get feel of being there in the temple.
TIRUMALA | TIRUPATI
The Tirumala hills are the world's second oldest rock mountains. The sangam literature of Tamil such as Silapadikam and Satanar's Manimekalai, dated between 500 BC to 300 AD, mentions Tiruvengadam(Tirupati) as the northermost frontier of the Tamil kingdoms. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateshwara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala of the Tirupati Hills, lies on the southern banks of Sri Swamu Pushkarani. It is by the Lord's presidency over Venkatachala, that he has received the appellation, Venkateshwara. He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.The temple of Sri Venkateshwara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally decalre that, in the Kali-Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateshwara. The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri venkateshwara is described as the great bestower of boon. The temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.The Seven peaks are called Seshadri, Vedadri, Garudadri, Anjandri, Vrishabhadri, Narayandri and Venkatadri(Adri means Hill). The Venkatam hill believed to be a part of the celestial mount Meru, brought to the earth from Vaikuntam by Garuda. The sacred temple of Sri Venkateshwara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri and there are several legends associated with manifestation of the lord in Tirumala.
In Tirumala most people stay for free in the huge dormitories around the temple. There are rooms in the guesthouses and cottages available on rent too at various rates offering various degrees of comfort and luxury. All bookings have to be made with Central Reception office of the TTD. Off-season you can reserve up to a month in advance by sending them a letter and a draft for Rs.100. Tirupati has a whole range of hotels, air-conditioned or otherwise, pricey and inexpensive.