THE EPICENTRE OF RELIGIOUS WISDOM AND NOTABLE PILGRIMAGE SITES There’s nothing more important to us in India, as our culture. We believe in deities, in ancient wisdom and we constantly seek spirituality. Across India there are many places of worship, one as important as the other. But, there’s one place where people truly find spirituality, a place where every vow is fulfilled. Tirupati - the epicentre of religion and wisdom. Pilgrim through these holy sites for a spiritual experience. Sri Venkatehswara SwamyTemple Tirumala is believed to be abode of Sri Venkateswara, also known as Balaji – an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This is by far the most celebrated temple in India and attracts millions of devotees every year. Built atop Tirumala Hills, it is made of seven peaks known as Sapthagiri, which also represent the seven hoods of Adisesha, the serpent of Lord Vishnu. It is by far the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth. Every year, this temple is also host to numerous festivals, including the famous Brahmotsavam held between September and October. Govindarajaswamy Temple Govindarajaswamy is believed to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara. This temple, in the heart of the city, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, also referred to as Govindarajaswamy. This temple was built in the 12th century and consecrated in 1130AD. It is one of the biggest in Chittoor, the city of Tirupati is built around this temple. This temple holds significant position amongst the temples of Tirupati, and is also an architectural marvel. Its gateway of gopuram is so grand that it can be spotted from a distance. ISKCON Tirupati This temple also known as Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir was established by Srila Prabhupada, who was extremely touched after visiting the Venkateswara Temple and its large following. With the aim of reviving and spreading the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, he consecrated this temple and it stands as one of the biggest temples of Southern India. It’s dedicated in protecting cows, through its project called Goseva, along with a mission that provides free food to at least 1000 pilgrims every day. Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple Padmavathi is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and also the consort of Lord Venkateshwara. This temple is dedicated to her and houses Padmasarovaram, a temple tank within the premises. Devotees believe that Goddess Padmavathi manifested in this tank in a Golden Lotus. This temple tank is visited by lakhs of devotees on the last day of Brahmotsavam to take a dip in these holy waters. Srinivasa Mangapuram Famous for its Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami Temple, this temple has the similar significance to other temples in Tirupati. This site was discovered in 1540CE by devotees and today is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It is mainly visited by newlywed couples, who offer their first prayers here, just after marriage. It is also believed that if a person is having trouble getting into wedlock can overcome it, by offering prayers here.

OTHER TEMPLES

SRI KALPAGIRI RANGANATHSWAMI TEMPLE – 150 Kilometers from Tirupati

SRIKALAHASTI – 43 Kilometers from Tirupati

MORE ATTRACTIONS AT TIRUPATI

Sri Venkateswara National Park

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park

Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana shala