Sunday, 5 August 2012

Tourist Destinations in Tirupati

Tourist Destinations in Tirupati
Tirupati is rightly said to be one of the richest pilgrimage cities of India and your pilgrimage tour in South India will remain incomplete without a visit to this highly sacred town. This town is well-acclaimed for its historical importance and is most popular for the remarkable Sri Venkateshwara Temple. This town is nested at the foothills of Tirumala, while the hallowed shrine of the deity is perched on top of the hill. There are many tourist destinations in Tirupati that certainly need to be explored on your holidays in Tirupati. 

Tirupati Balaji:
It is one of the most important places to visit in Tirupati and is also the most revered one. A large number of devotees visit this temple and seek the blessings of the chief deity of the temple, Lord Vishnu. The calm setting of the temple makes the place look even more attractive. There is a stone Gopuram which is simply unique and appears different with heavenly figures and statues. You will find inside that the pillars, and doorways are intricately carved out with main shrine plated with gold. 

Akasa Ganga:
It is an important place of tourist interest and is located in close proximity to the Sri Venkateshwara Temple. It is actually a holy stream and according to Vedas, it has originated from the feet of Lord Vishnu and is a must visit spot for the pilgrims. 

Swami Pushkarini:
This is a consecrated tank in which a dip is considered to be a holy one before entering the temple. According to a legend, this tank belonged to Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta and was brought to earth by Garuda. This place holds a significant place among the tourist destinations in Tirupati. 
Sri Varahaswami Temple:
Is an incredible temple located on the banks of Swami Pushkarini. Varaha Swami (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is the presiding deity of this temple and is in the form of a boar. According to the beliefs, Tirumala was initially the home of Varahaswami and it was with his consent that Lord Sri Venkateshwara stayed here. This temple is one of the prime attractions and before visiting Sri Venkateshwara Temple, a visit to this temple is suggested. 

Silathoranam:
Don’t forget to pay a visit to Silathoranam on your travel to Tirupati, which is a natural rock formation that appears to be in the form of an arch. The appearance of this rock is identical to the hood of a serpent, a conch and a discus. It is an amazing geological marvel and a very popular tourist attraction. 

Apart from these attractions, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple and Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple are also worthy of a visit. 

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