Visit to Tirumala -Tirupathy 

19th Sep 2017

It was 3rd weekend of September , Me and my friends were  very happy that we got placement in Reputed MNC company .So we  decided to visit Tirumala and pay tribute to Lord Venkateshwara. We were total 3 friends travelled from Bangalore to Tirupati , we got Friday night bus to go tirumala-tirupati to accomplish our wish to see Lord Venkateshwara and we started our journey .

I was very excited to offer my hair to Lord Venkateshwara and asked my other friends , "Are all of you joining me?" They gave a reluctant 'no' and tried to explain, "You might have some 'wish ' to fulfil, We don't have anything like that.So in last i was only one who Tonsured my head .

Giving Hair in Tirumala , is a promise or vow given to the lord to offer him something, in some cases hair , in return for a favour received from him. In Tirumala, there is a long tradition of tonsuring the head in return for a favour received from the lord. The sprititual reason of Giving Hair in Tirumala is:- Hair adds beauty to one's personality and enhances vanity. Giving up hair is like letting go your ego and attachment to it which I am sure all know is not easy. Hence the inner significance of the ritual of head tonsure is to offer your ego and vanity at His lotus feet.

Tirupati is located in Indian state of Andrapradesh , this place is famous for its Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and the Lot of Pilgrimage Temple .

Getting to Tirumala -Tirupati :

By Air

Sri Venkateswara Airport is located 15 km from the city centre and has regular flights to Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Vijayawada , Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru . The closest international airport is Chennai International Airport which is 130 km (81 mi) from Tirupati. Tirupati Airport is being upgraded to international airport.

By Bus

APSRTC is the state owned transport service, which operates buses to various destinations from Tirupati bus station complex. The bus station comprises three mini bus stations to various destinations, such as Srinivasa bus station for west-bound destinations, Sri Hari bus station for east bound destinations and Yedukondalu bus station is utilised for bus services to Tirumala.[89] Balaji Link bus station at Alipiri is also used for bus services to Tirumala.[87] Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams runs free buses from railway station and Central bus stand to Alipiri for pilgrims. The buses to Tirumala are known as Sapthagiri Express.[90]

Tirupati is in close proximity with the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Hence, buses from KSRTC, TNSTC and SETC also operates their services. There are also private transport which operate in the city.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Tirupati itself , which is at a distance of 21 kilometres from Tirumala . The Tirupati Railway Station has better connectivity from all the major cities .From these point, you can either hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses wherever available.

By Road:

The city is well connected to major cities through national and state highways. The National highways passing through Tirupati are, National Highway 71 which connects Madanapalle and Nayudupeta, National Highway 140 connecting Tirupati with Puthalapattu.

Places to visit in Tirupathi

Day 1

Tirumala Temple:-

Tirumala is a place where pilgrims all around world travel to worship. Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam is maintaining Tirumala & Temple in a wonderful manner. It gives us nice experience.Walk will start from First Step at place called Alipiri,

we have to climb 3500 steps which is approximately 9 kms distance from down to top .It takes approximately 4 hours to reach tirumala from alipiri ,

Deer Park:-

This is located on the way to Tirumala via Alipiri footpath. There are lot of deers located here for which we can feed if we wish through the mesh,I saw many deers here. Everybody are feeding carrots and some other vegetables to the deer. Nice place to visit

Day 2

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple:-

I went to Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple. At a little distance from the main city area, one finds the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi. One of the many sacred structures of Tirupati, this one is home to many legends and stories about the Goddess. It is great place to go.

Sri Varahaswami Temple:-

Sri Varahaswami Temple at Tirumala is situated on the banks of Pushkarni a holy waterbody .The common belief is one should take a dip in the Pushkarni and first pay obeisance to Sri Varahswamy before offering prayers at Sri Venkateswara temple.

During festivities at Tirumala long queues are there at this place ,otherwise one can get darshan within half hour or so.

Kapila Theertham:-

This is one of the famous temple dedicated to main Lord Shiva , Goddess Parvathi Devi, Lord Sri Vignaswara and others, in front of the temple there is a ghat with full of water known as Theertham, generally devotees took bath and get darshan of the God.

Papavinasam Theertham:-

Another place to visit while in tirumala. Stand under the holy water and wash away your sins. A must visit pilgrim place.

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