Saturday, 4 August 2012

ABOUT TIRUPATI

About Tirupati Balaji
kodandaramaswami-temple
Tirupati-Balaji is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and is a highly consecrated town known for the temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Located magnificently on a hill at Tirumala, which is a chain of seven hills and is known as Venkatachalam, with more than eight hundred in altitude, it is frequented by hordes of tourists all the year round. Almost everyday is a festivity here and a prior knowledge about Tirupati-Balaji will help you make your tour to this sacred town a rewarding experience. 

Several other places of tourist interest you will encounter on your tour to Tirupati-Balaji include Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple and Tiruchanur. 

Fast Facts
Altitude:161 meters above the sea level
Languages:Telugu and English
Religion:Hinduism
STD code:0877
Best Time to Visit:September to February
History of Tirupati-Balaji: 

Tirupati-Balaji has an ancient history. Tirupati (earlier Tiruvengadam) was the northernmost frontier of the Tamil kingdoms. The town of Tirupati-Balaji is said to be heaven on Earth (Kaliyuga Vaikuntha) and dates back during the times of Mauryas and the Guptas. By the 5th century AD, the town became an established center where the Vaishnava Saints (called Alvars) used to sing in praise of Lord Venkateshwara. The temple of Lord Venkateshwara has always been patronized by the various ancient dynasties such as Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar. The temple scaled the heights of popularity by the opulent donations by Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagar including gold and various precious ornaments and also by constructing the extended shrines. According to the people, the deity of Sriranganatha from Srirangam was brought to Tirupati for safekeeping from the incessant invasions. With the advent of the British East India Company in the year 1843, Seva Dossji of the Hathiramji Mutt at Tirumala was entrusted with the administration of Sri Venkateshwara Temple and its shrines. The present day town of Tirupati-Balaji is a burgeoning one with numerous tourists frequenting it from the far corners of the world. 

Best Season, Climate and Clothing: 

The summers are generally hot in Tirupati-Balaji and the mercury can reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius and the winters are pleasant with a cool climate. This place should ideally be visited between September to February, and for the summer, light cottons would be the best, whereas for the winters, light woolens are recommended. 

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