Posted by: swapnaraju | December 29, 2012

Tirupati – Richest Temple

Tirupati Balaji is perhaps the greatest ‘pilgrimage phenomenon in the world, Not solely because of the millions who visit it, but because of the immense bhav (inner sentiments) with which pilgrims venerate the deity. Devotees readily donate not just cash, but whatever jewellery they may be wearing, in addition to their hair. Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and cultural city in the Chittoor district.  It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, 550 kilometres (340 mi) south of Hyderabad, the capital of the state, 250 kilometres (160 mi) east of Bangalore.

Tirupati is famous for the richest temple Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of 853 metres (2,799 ft). One of the most important pilgrimage centers in the World, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. Tirupati City itself has several temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols. Also, the city is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state. Tirupati is also the largest Metropolitan city in Rayalaseema and Southern Andhra Pradesh, and is the 5th largest city in terms of stand-alone city basis.

‘Tiru’ in Telugu means Shri (Lakshmi). ‘Pati’ means husband. Hence Tirupati is Shri’s consort, Vishnu. The Venkateshwar Mandir, in which Tirupati is consecrated, is located between seven hills, on a saucer–shaped plateau called Venkatachalam or Venkatadri.

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