Tirumala

Tirumala
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Tirumala is a census town in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town is a part of Tirupati Urban Development Authority and located in Tirupati (rural) Mandal of Tirupati revenue division. It is a hill town where Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is located, which is the abode of Lord Venkateswara.

Venkateswara Temple is an abode of Lord Venkateswara situated in Tirumala. It is also known as Tirumala Temple. Natural Arch is located north of the temple, which measures 8 m (26 ft) wide and 3 m (9.8 ft) high and was naturally formed from the quartz. Srivaari Paadamulu (the footprints of Lord) is believed to be the footprints of Lord Venkateswara formed when he first stood on Tirumala Hills. Papavinasanam is a waterfall flowing from a tributary of the Swarnamukhi River. It also has a temple where seven lion-headed channels open from a height for deities to bathe below them. A temple dedicated to goddess Ganga is located near the enclosure. Akasa Ganga is another natural waterfall in Tirumala.

DO’S

Do’s in Tirumala are as follows:

 Pay obeisance to your Ishta Daivam or Kula Daivam before you start for Tirumala pilgrimage.

 Book your travel and accommodation in Tirumala well in advance.

 Bathe in the Swami Pushkarini and worship Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy in his temple before you go to worship Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.

 Bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the sanctum shrine of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy.

 Concentrate on Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy inside the temple.

 Observe absolute silence and chant “Om Namo Sri Venkatesaya”, inside the temple.

 Bathe in the Papavinasanam and Akasha Ganga tirthams in Tirumala.

 Respect ancient customs and usages while at Tirumala.

 Respect and promote religious sentiments among co-pilgrims.

 Deposit your offerings only in the Hundi.

 Wear a tilak in accordance with your religious affiliation.

 Follow the procedures of the temple and wait for your turn for the darshan of the Lord.

DON’TS:

Don’ts in Tirumala are as follows:

 Come to Tirumala for any purpose other than worshipping the Lord.

 Carry much jewellery and cash with you.

 Wear footwear in and around the premises of the temple.

 Approach touts for accommodation and darshan.

 Prostrate (sastanga danda pranamam) inside the temple.

 Throw away the prasadam and teertham given to you at the temple.

 Eat non-vegetarian food or consume liquor or other intoxicants and smoke while in Tirumala.

 Wear any head guards such as helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.

 Commit any act of violence or harshness in the temple premises.

 Rush in for darshan instead of waiting for your turn in the queue.

 Enter the temple; if according to custom or usage, you are prohibited to enter.

 Wear flowers at Tirumala temple, as all flowers of the sacred Seven Hills are for the Lord only.

 Encourage beggars.

 Spit or be a nuisance inside the temple premises.

 Carry weapons while entering into the temple.

How can I donate to the various endowment schemes introduced by TTD?
If you would like to donate towards any of the TTD schemes in particular, or towards TTD’s social services activities in general, you can send your donation through International Money Order/Demand Draft favoring the Executive Officer, TTD, and payable at Tirupati. The International Money Order/Demand Draft can be sent to:
The Executive Officer,
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams,
Tirupati 517 501,
India.
For other details kindly contact Dy.Exe.Officer(Donor Cell), TTD ,Tirumala. Ph: 0877 2263472 , 2263727
For donations through online please visit: www.ttdsevaonline.com
How can I subscribe to the monthly TTD publication, Sapthagiri?
You can send in your request for subscription to Sapthagiri, for a minimum period of one year to lifetime. One year subscription Rs. 60/- and Lifetime subscription Rs. 500/-. The magazine will be published in 5 languages i.e., Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and English.
The Chief Editor,
Sapthagiri Magazine,
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams,
Tirupati 517 501,
India.
Phone No: +91-0877-2264543
For online subscription please visit: www.ttdsevaonline.com
Can I reserve accommodation and buy seva tickets through this site?
The facility of online reservation of accommodation and seva tickets please visit www.ttdsevaonline.com. You can reserve Special Entry/Accommodation tickets 90 days from Quota availability. Seva quota will be released first Friday of every month and Pilgrim can book seva tickets after 180 days of booking date.
To enhance the spiritual ambience among the devotees thronging to Tirumala to get the darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy, TTD has introduced traditional dress code in 2013. Initially it was implemented for the pilgrims who are taking part in Arjitha Sevas and now it has been extended to VIP pilgrims seeking break darshan of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy, and general pilgrims who go for Rs.300 and Rs.50 darshan.

MEN

For men, the dress code is dhoti or pyjamas with upper cloth.

WOMEN

For women, the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or churidar with pyjama and upper cloth.
TTD has introduced a package tour to take you to the temples around Tirupati. The bus starts from the Central Reception Office, Srinivasam Complex (Opposite to RTC Bus Stop) Tirupati at 08:00 hrs every day and returns the same day at 13:20 hrs to Tirupati. You will be taken to these temples
 Sri Venugopalaswami Temple, Karvetinagaram
 Sri Vedanarayanaswami Temple, Nagalapuram
 Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, Narayanavanam
 Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swami Temple, Appalayagunta
 Pall Kondeswara Swami Temple, Surutupalli
 The darshan timings are the same as that for Sarvadarsanam      The bus fare is : 
 Rs 200.00 for adults (which includes special darshan)
 Below 3years no ticket
 Note: Pilgrims who make use of this facility are given annaprasadam

LOCAL TEMPLES TOUR

TTD has introduced the Alayadarsanam facility to enable pilgrims to visit the sacred shrines in and around Tirupati. These buses operate on a daily basis and start at 06:00 hrs, 07:00, 08:00, 10:00 hrs, 11:00 hrs, 12:00 hrs and 14:00 hrs, from the choultry behind the Tirupati railway station. You will be taken to these temples
 Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor
 Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram
 Sri Agastheeswaraswami Temple, Thondavada
 Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Tirupati
 Sri Kodanda Ramaswami Temple, Tirupati
 Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Tirupati The bus fare is : 
 Rs 80.00 for adults (which includes a special darshan)
 Below 3years no ticket
Note: The bus that starts at 14:00 hrs will halt at the Regional Science Centre.APSRTC runs a daily ‘Travel as you like’ bus service from Tirumala to Papavinasanam, covering important places on the way like Akasha Ganga and Japali Venugopala Swamy temple.
 Fare: Rs. 10.00 per head (Rs.20.00 for up & down)
 Frequency: Every 30 minutes, from 05:00 hrs to 19:45 HrsAPSRTC runs a direct bus service from Tirupati to the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor.
 Fare: Rs.5.00 per head
 Frequency: Every 30 minutes, from 05:00 to 20:00 Hrs

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