Unveiling Top 5 Sacred Temples in Tirupathi – Explore Now!

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Tirupathi, a place of profound spirituality and devotion, attracts pilgrims from far and wide to its sacred hills, where the air is full of faith and the echoes of countless prayers.

‘Om Namo Venkatesaya. Om Namo Venkatesaya. Om Namo Venkatesaya’.

‘Govinda Hari Govinda, Venkata Ramana Govinda’

Amidst the chants of the Lord that linger in the heart even after departing from his sanctum, we find ourselves in Tirumala Tirupathi, home to the world’s second-richest temple dedicated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy, the benevolent incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The bustling crowds, the mad rush, the continuous reverent chants of Venkata Ramana Govinda, heightened security yelling ‘Jaragandi-Jaragandi’, and the fervent devotion of people striving for a fleeting glimpse of the deity create an atmosphere truly enchanting experience.

As we immerse ourselves in the divine atmosphere, it is only natural for anyone wanting to explore this sacred place. In this blog, we shall go on a journey to discover the top places you can visit during a trip to Tirupati. Let us begin our spiritual journey.

1. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple

Timings: 02:30 AM – 01:30 AM

Darshan Fee: Free (Sarva Darshan), ₹ 300 (Special Darshan), ₹ 500 (VIP Darshan) Bookings: To be done 3 months in advance on their official website/app for accommodation and booking

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple

It is one of the most revered Hindu temples and most visited places of worship. It receives about 50,000 to 100,000 devotees daily and can cross 300,000 on special occasions. Known as the Tirupathi Balaji or Tirumala Temple, the 8-foot-tall idol of Lord Venkateswara is adorned with precious gemstones and gold worth millions. Widely believed that the lord is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who appeared on earth to save mankind from Kali Yuga.

2. Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Tirupati

Timings:  5 AM–12:30 PM, 1:15 PM–4:45 PM, and 6 PM–9:30 PM

Darshan Fee: Free, ₹ 5 (Special Darshan), ₹ 20 (Quick Darshan)

Seva Fee: ₹ 10

The next biggest temple in Tirupathi was built in the year 1130 AD by Saint Ramanuja. According to history, believers hold that the god was the brother of Lord Tirumala, who sought Kubera’s help to conduct his brother’s wedding with Padmavathi. Pilgrims throng this temple, believing that the lord will help elevate their status and live a prosperous life. 

3. Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru Temple, Tirupati

Timings: 05:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Darshan Fee: Free, Special Darshan – 100 INR

Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru Temple is the temple of Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara, the epitome of beauty in Tiruchanur, 5 km from Tirupathi. Pilgrims believe that they should seek the blessings of her first before having the darshan of the lord.  

4. Sri Kapliswaraswamy Temple, Tirupati

Timings: 05:00 AM – 08:00 PM

 Sri Kapliswaraswamy Temple, Tirupati

This is the only Shiva temple in Tirupathi, located at the base of Kapila Theertham waterfall. It offers great views but has limited water coming off the falls, though better during the rainy season. The falls are maintained well, and devotees believe that a holy bath under the falls can eliminate their sins. The place is believed to derive its name from Mahamuni Kapila, who meditated there to appease Lord Shiva.

5. Srivari Padala Mandapam, Tirupati

Timings: 05:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Darshan Fee: Free

This is a must-visit place for devotees who trek to the temple at the base of Tirumala Hills. The ancient temple is dedicated to the feet of Lord Venkateswara, where his footprints are delicately preserved in a glass frame. This sacred location is believed to be the spot where Lord Venkateswara first descended on earth. Pilgrims offer their prayers here and get to view the scenic hills and feed monkeys and giant squirrels. 

To conclude our journey through Tirupathi’s divine wonders, we invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below. Tell us what destinations or topics you want us to explore in our next blog. Until then, Happy Reading! 

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