Tirupati Travel Guide
Tirupati Travel Guide
One of the holiest places in India is Tirupati. The city is situated in the southern state of India, Andhra Pradesh. Lots of devotees visit this place to visit the temple of Lord Venkateswara which is situated on the Tirumala hills. While the temple is situated on the hills, the town is spread in the foothills. The city has been recognized as the fourth largest growing city of Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that the city has derived its name from lord Vishnu who is considered as the husband of Goddess Laxmi. So the meaning of Tirupati is ‘Lord of Laxmi’ Where Tiru means Laxmi and Pati means Lord.
History of Tirupati
According to the mythological scriptures, when devil Hiranyaksh submerged earth in sea, Lord Vishnu took Varaah Incarnation and brought earth back in its actual form after killing the devil. After he saved humankind, he came to this city and started residing here as Lord Venkateswara. As such there is no evidence of the origin of the place but the history can be found in the literature and epics. The Pallavas, The Cholas, The Pandyas, The kings of Vijaynagar played a vital role in making the place rich culturally. The place was ruled by many empires first by Hindu kings, then by Muslims monarch and later it was ruled by the British.
Culture – Traditions and Cuisine of Tirupati
Famous for its Hindu pilgrimage the city of Tirupati witness lakhs of visitors during a year. The city is surrounded by 7 ranges of seven hills. It is believed that these 7 hills represent the heads of giant serpent and the king of snakes, Sheshnaag. Sheshnaag is the Hindu serpent deity under whose hoods Vishnu resides in Vaikuntha. Generally the locals of the city speak in Telugu language. But being one of the major tourist destinations the city apart from Telugu, other spoken languages are Hindi, English, Tamil and Urdu.
People here are generally follows Hindu religion. They are hardworking dedicated and friendly in nature. The culture of the city can be seen through the living styles of the people. Locals here believe to maintain the traditional culture and values. Though the people here are tech friendly and access and operate any kind of modern gadget and equipment but they are more inclined toward their traditional culture and techniques. One of the drawbacks of people of Andhra Pradesh is that the practice of castes discrimination still prevails in the society.
The people of Tirupati are very strict in their dressing styles. In the temples men wears Dhoti Panche and ladies wears saree cheera. Dance forms like The Annamayyya, Tyagaraja and Kuchipudi are the cultural treasure of the place. The Carnatic music of Andhra Pradesh is famous throughout the world.
Festivals of this holy place are unique and are celebrated with all zeal and happiness. One of the major festivals of the city is Brahmotsavam. People of Tirupati considered this as auspicious day and believed that by visiting the temple on this auspicious day will help them in acquiring the better future. Other major festival is Skana Shashthi – It is celebrated on the sixth day in the month of Aippasi as elimination of devil by the supreme power.
Cuisine of Tirupati
Tirupati before being merged with Andhra Pradesh was the part of the state Tamil Nadu. One can savor the delicacies of both the states, here in this city. Some of the staple food of Tirupati includes Chilli, Cardamom, curry leaves, black pepper, peanuts, coconut, tomato, ginger etc. Rice is an essential dish consumed here. People equally love Vegetarian and Non-Veg dishes. But Non-Veg dishes are prohibited in the holy place. You will go to fall for Andhra Thali which servers tempting rice in the middle of the thali, sambar, rasam, and a curry dish, pickles, poriyal and kurma, creamy coconut chutney. Rice being one of the staple foods you will get to taste different varieties rice dishes here.
Shopping In Tirupati
Your Tour to Tirupati is just incomplete without going for shopping, Handicrafts, wood carvings items, kalamkari, whitewood items are majorly famous here. As this one of the major traveller destinations and tourism, you can purchase different religious books, CD DVD, vedas here.
Best Places to Visit Tirupati
Being one of major tourist pilgrim the city welcomes the travellers from all over the world. Here is the list of best places to visit in Tirupati.
This is one of the ancient temples in India. It is situated on the seven peaks hill of Venkatachala which lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. There is a 7 feet tall Lord Venkateswara’s idol. There is a separate chamber in the temple for keeping the ornaments, holy silks, garlands, and sandal wood grinder of lords’s temple.
Tirupati Balaji Temple:
This is one of the most visited temples in the world. It is visited by more than lakhs of pilgrims daily. On special festivals like Brahmostavam the number of pilgrims shoots up-to approx 5 lakhs pilgrims. Temple of open for all days from 2:30 am to 7:30 am.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Garden is filled with plenty of beautiful flowers and fantastic backdrops. More than 500 kg of flowers from this garden are supplied to the religious places in and around Tirumala.
Here Are Some Other Tirupati Attractions -
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam
Temple of Padmavati
Sri Kondarama Swamy Temple
Best Time to Visit Tirupati
Winter is the best time when you visit the city. The month from September to March is the best months to visit this city.
How to Reach Tirupati
The Tirupati Airport is well connected with almost all the cities of the country. There is also an adjacent international airport in Chennai.
A well-maintained and planned road connects the city. You can catch the bus from Bangalore, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai for Tirupati.
Major Railway Station is Tirupati Railway Station. This links Tirupati with Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Mumbai.