Tirupati and Tirumala are places well known all over India. Sri Venkateshwara, the presiding deity of Tirumalaor engadam, is revered by lakhs of people all over the country who visit His famous temple throughout the year, traveling long distances. The chief centers of pilgrimage are Sri Venkateshwara's temple on the Tirumala hill, the shrine of Govindaraja in the town of Tirupati and the shrine of Padmavati, situated in Tiruchanur, three miles to the south of Tirupati. Of minor temples, mention may be made of the Kapileshwara temple at Kapilatirtham, the Rama temple in the town of Tirupati and the Parasareshvara temple at Jogi- allavaram, situated a furlong to the west of Tiruchanur. The Hill on which the temple of Sri Venkateshwara stands popularly known as Venkatachalam is low and surrounded by many hills of an altitude, as is the case with the hill on which is located the Mallikarjuna temple of Srisailam, The hill to the north is 3426' high, the height to the east is 2750' high, the hill to the south is 2920' high and the hill to the southeast is 3620' high. There are five well-known paths leading to the Temple. Of them, two routes start from the town of Tirupati, the stepped pathway, seven miles long and the motor road, twelve miles long. The third route is from Chandragiri. The fourth starts from the Mamandur Railway station and the fifth pass by Nagapatla.
Tirupati is a far-famed temple town located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is also famous as Tirumala that is most familiar and celebrated for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, strictly devoted to Lord Vishnu. The Lord Lord Vishnu is named as Balaji by the North Indians whereas as the South Indians call as Govinda! The mandir is located in the hill top of Tirumala, where the town is placed in the foothills. Moreover, the Tirumala hill will have to be got over with 7 peaks known as Sapthagiri. This seven hills mark as a sign of representing the 7 hoods of Adisesha - the snake lying majestic under the Lord Vishnu sleeps in Vaikuntha.
Religious holidaymakers exploring the temple make their visit with the religious divinity and beg for a good fortune in their life. This temple town is a stimulating and amazing tourism spot. The destination will be all the time arouses and it never sleeps. Pilgrims calling the place can make their darshan by visiting the Lord Vishnu, either by helping special Sevas or free dharma darshan. The seva time starts from 3 am morning and it finishes around 12 pm night. Mostly, it has around 4 to 5 hours of queue waiting to get the darshan of Lord Vishnu! Either the free darshan or paid darshan, adherents must have to wait in a long queue. TTD method of approach by applying the computerized issuing of tokens is being dispatched to the pilgrims. This method has greatly cut down the waiting time in a queue. Pilgrims can relish visiting the destination and buy the prasadhams being betrayed there. As well-known, Tirupati is popularly famous for Laddu - the most familiar known prasadha!
The word Sarvadarsanam means 'darshan for all', of Lord Sri Venkateswara which begins from 07.30 hrs in the morning till the entrance queue is closed on certain days other than Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On lean days 18 hours are allotted for Sarvadarsanam and on peak days, it goes on for 20 hours. As more than fifty thousand pilgrims visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple every day, TTD has organized efficient systems to ensure the smooth movement of pilgrims.
Vegetarian meals are provided free of cost to devotees, in the Sri Venkateswara Canteen Complex daily from 1000 hrs to 2300 hrs. A free meal coupon is distributed inside the temple after worshipping the Lord to all the devotees.
The Govindarajaswami Temple:
This temple is the main attraction for the pilgrims at Tirupati and the biggest temple in town.