Tirupati, the Spiritual abode of Lord Balaji

August 24, 2016, Chennai

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Tirupati is home to numerous ancient temple sites and is among the most visited pilgrimage places in the world. The most famous among all is Shree Venkateshwara Temple which caters to more than 50000 people every day. Even Mecca, Rome or Jerusalem does not witness such high number of visitors per day.


The best option to travel from Chennai is to hire a taxi in Chennai from a reliable service provider of Chennai to Tirupati car rental. Tirupati is situated in the south west part of Andhra Pradesh and Shri Venkateshwara Temple is located at a distance of 20 kms from Tirupati. The temple sits on the seventh hill of a group of seven hills known as Tirumala which is at height of 3000 feet from the sea level. The entire area of seven hills is spread over 10 square kms. Even today many devoted pilgrims go to the temple by foot through an 11 km trek. 

Historians have not been able to tell with certainty the period in which the temple was built .Devotees believe that the temple is Swayambhustala which means that it came into existence by itself without anyone building it.

The meaning of ‘Tiru’ is Lakshmi and ‘Pati’ means Husband. The holy town of Tirupati is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi’s husband Lord Vishnu or popularly called Balaji. Shree Venkateshwara Temple is a perfect manifestation of beautiful Dravidian architecture surrounded by green surroundings of mountains. The idol of Lord Balaji is carved in black stone and decorated with shining gold and rich stones. The 9 feet tall idol showcasing the smiling face of Lord Balaji brings peace and happiness to the devotees.Historians have not been able to tell with certainty the period in which the temple was built .Devotees believe that the temple is Swayambhustala which means that it came into existence by itself without anyone building it.

The meaning of ‘Tiru’ is Lakshmi and ‘Pati’ means Husband. The holy town of Tirupati is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi’s husband Lord Vishnu or popularly called Balaji. Shree Venkateshwara Temple is a perfect manifestation of beautiful Dravidian architecture surrounded by green surroundings of mountains. The idol of Lord Balaji is carved in black stone and decorated with shining gold and rich stones. The 9 feet tall idol showcasing the smiling face of Lord Balaji brings peace and happiness to the devotees.

September and October are the busiest months when the famous festival called The Brahmotsavam is celebrated. Spiritual and sacred texts are recited throughout the day and colorful procession is taken around the temple in the evening with images of deities.

Shree Venkateshwara Temple gets donations worth millions of rupees and is among the richest temples in India. It remains open throughout the year and witness never ending queues of devotees longing to have a glimpse of Lord Balaji.

The entire place specially the inner sanctum provides a great positive energy and highly divine feeling to the visitors. People from different cultural backgrounds and diverse places who believe in the power of almighty come to visit Shree Venkateshwara Temple to take the blessings of Lord Balaji. Some people visit to offer gratitude while others visit to request the Lord to fulfill their desires.  Most of the devotees get their head shaved and offer their hair to Lord Balaji which is considered an act of giving up false ego and showcase your humble side to the Lord.

With so much spirituality, positive energy and blessings on offer for the devotee, it is not surprising that Shree Venkateshwara Temple as a pilgrimage destination is one of the most popular among devotees in India. Apart from Shree Venkateshwara Temple the city has many other ancient temples which should not be missed by history enthusiasts and devotees alike.

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is an ancient temple built in 1130 AD by Saint Ramanujacharya and is an important spiritual place in Tirupati. Another famous temple site is Srikalahasti which is situated on the banks of Swarnamukhi River. If you plan to travel from Chennai to Tirupati it’s recommended to hire Chennai to Tirupati taxi from a reputed service provider of cabs in Chennai.