The enchanting Tirumala hill is located at an elevation of 3200 ft. above the sea level. The place consists of a bunch of seven emerald green hills. The seven mounts are named as Neeladri, Seshari, Anjanadri, Garudadri, Narayanadri, Venkatadri and Vrishabhadri. The revered shrine of Sri Venkateswara resides on the Venkatadri hillock. The place is also referred as Venkata Hill. The temple elegantly lies on the south shore of Sri Swami Pushkarini. Numerous folklores are allied with the existence of the enormous temple at the place. Lord Venkateswara is also referred to as the Lord of Seven Hills.
The word Tirupati refers to the Lord of Laxmi. The word should have been applied to the township on the Venkatadri - the abode of Lord Venkateswara- though the city of Tirupati is situated at the bottom of the hill. You will see the temple overflowing with gold at all times. It is considered to be the richest temple of this world. The place displays a vivid edifying and benevolent heritage to the visitors. The shrine is a beautiful example of the Dravidian style architecture.
Lord Venkateswara is also referred to as Lord Balaji and thus the temple is also known as the Balaji Temple. The enormous Balaji temple at Tirupati is quite airy. The shrine is marvelously enfolded by the Tirumalai range from all sides. The shrine is made of dazzling stone carvings, and is adorned with a Gopuram. The interiors of the shrine are artistically decorated with numerous pilasters and arches. The Vimana of this prominent temple, its hollows and pillars are all coated with pure gold. Behind this, you can find a colossal rectangular ghat used for bathing purpose. The ghat is covered from all sides.
The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams preserve 12 most sacred temples in the Tirumala -Tirupati region. Numerous sub-temples of these 12 enormous shrines are also maintained with great care and adoration. Apart from the enchanting shrine of Lord Vishnu in Tirupati, some other destinations worth visiting include Papavinasam and Akasaganga cascades.
Tirupati is well linked with all the major cities of South India including Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The place can be easily reached through air, bus and railways. You can also find Andhra Pradesh tourism buses from Coimbatore providing direct accessibility to the place. The international airport of Chennai lies just 140 km from Tirupati and offers easy and comfortable journey options to the place.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/04