Tirumala History

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the holiest shrine for hindus located in the hill town Tirumala, near Tirupati in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Tirumala is 3200 ft above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq miles in area. Tirumala is the third richest pilgrimage centre in the world after the Vatican and Mecca. Tiru in Telugu means Shri (Laxmi) and Pati denotes husband. So the literal meaning of Tirupati is the husband of Laxmi, i.e. Vishnu. The sacred temple of Maha Vishnu consists of seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The main temple of Tirumala lies on the seventh hill called Venkatadri, hence the Temple is also known as “The Temple of Seven Hills”. Lord Venkateshwara means supreme God who destroys the sins of the people in this material world ven+kata+eshwara=sins+destroyer+supreme.

There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord in Tirumala. It is said that the temple was built by King Thondaiman, Tamil ruler of the ancient Thondaimandalam, after he had a dream of Lord Vishnu. He is said to have built the original Gopuram (tower) and the Prakhara in the 8th century. Kings belonging to the Chola, Pandya and the Pallava Empire were devotees of Lord Venkateswara and they vied with each other in endowing the temple with rich offerings during the Vijayanagar dynasty.  According to folk legends, there was a gigantic anthill at Tirupati. An agriculturist heard a voice from the heavens asking him to graze the ants. By chance the local king heard the voice and began supplying milk for the ants himself. His compassion resulted in the liquid uncovering a magnificent idol of Lord Venkateshwara hidden beneath the anthill. According to some evidence the history of the temple dates back almost 2,000 years. In ancient times, a queen called Samavai, belonging to the Pallava dynasty (614 AD), is said to have consecrated the first silver image here. The temple is also mentioned in Sangam poetry (500 BC – 2000 AD).

The Golden habitat of Lord Balaji is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth. The temple is visited by Hindus from across the world irrespective of their castes and beliefs.The temple town of Tirupati is well connected to all parts of India by Rail, Road and Air. All Railway Stations in India issue tickets to Tirumala i.e. up to the Hill Temple. There are two ghat roads to Tirumala, one laid in 1944 and the other in 1973. There has been one way traffic since then. Other popular pilgrimage places in Tirupati like Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Akasa Ganga, Goddess Alamelumanga Temple, Sila Thoranam, Chandragiri, Kalahasti, Agastyaswamy Temple, Swami Pushkarni, Sri Vedanarayana Swamy Temple and Horsley Hills.

23 Comments

  1. Sannywrimi

    Nice website!

    ___
    Sanny

  2. Trasoloflom

    direct response marketing viagra cialis online perku cialis

  3. Trasoloflom

    ou acheter du tadalafil sur internet http://viagratru.com generic viagra online, how to make a strong viagra

  4. Trasoloflom

    wszystko o tadalafil buy generic viagra tadalafil orjinali nasД±l anlaЕџД±lД±r

  5. Trasoloflom

    can you buy viagra from shops buy generic viagra online aspirin with sildenafil

  6. Trasoloflom

    cheap sildenafil in toronto http://buyscialisrx.com/ cheap cialis online, viagra use by athletes

  7. Trasoloflom

    will it work if i take half a sildenafil cheap generic viagra online pharmacy cialis 20mg preis mit rezept

  8. Trasoloflom

    comprar cialis pago contra reembolso cialis cialis france pharmacie

  9. Trasoloflom

    herbal viagra does it really work http://buyscialisrx.com/ order cialis, health food store viagra

  10. Gordiannaips

    soft tab is for sale

    be07 levitra gnrique de is

  11. Trasoloflom

    how to maximize the use of viagra order viagra online cost of tadalafil in manitoba

  12. Trasoloflom

    how do i tell my doctor i need sildenafil buy cheap cialis hep c viagra

  13. Gordiannaips

    is jelly be uk

    be07 is professional in spain

  14. Ermilnaips

    fast shipping is cheap

    aa72 is apteka internetowa

  15. Ermilnaips

    sustitutos del is

    aa72 is kop

  16. Klementinanaips

    is original prix

    d5cb is canada daily use

  17. Klementinanaips

    is mt canada

    d5cb is 20 mg ati morbidi

  18. Klementinanaips

    el is rebaj ventas

    d5cb is soft milligrams

  19. PopovNal1996naips

    is bangkok price

    0d1c is on no prescription

  20. PopovNal1996naips

    cut is in half 40mg

    0d1c is generika 24

  21. Trasoloflom

    toko jual cialis http://buyscialisrx.com/ cialis, cialis a vendre montreal

  22. Howardswith
  23. Trasoloflom

    cialis deutschland preise generic viagra online can viagra be taken if not needed

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

+ 3 = 6