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INDIA’S RICHEST TEMPLE, TIRUPATI BALAJI
Considered one of the most sacred temples in India, Tirupati Balaji Temple is located in the city of Tirupati in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Located near the Tirumala Hills which has 7 peaks that denotes all the seven serpent hoods on which Lord Vishnu, the Preserver in Hindu Mythology used to rest. Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and patronized since time immemorial by prominent kings from all kingdoms popularly Vijayanagar, Chola, Pandya, Pallava, Gadwal etc donated jewels, gold and diamonds in abundance making it India’s richest temple. Being a pilgrimage spot, its an inclusion in India tour packages.
Lord Venkateshwara Temple: is the only major attraction at Tirupati. The temple is thronged by long queues of pilgrims throughout the year i.e. 365 days and remains there for 24 hours. Even if the temple closes the queue remains because they can’t afford to miss their turn the moment the temple reopens.
How to Reach
Tirupati is a major railway junction in the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways and has proper train connectivity to major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad.
Being situated in Andhra Pradesh though, it is 600 kilometers away from the state capital Hyderabad some few kilometers near the Andhra Pradeh and Tamil Nadu border. The nearest city is Chennai. Tirupati can be reached by air through Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.