One of the most famous Hindu temples in the world is at Tirumala crowning the seven hills, with Lord Venkateshwara as presiding deity. Millions of pilgrims visit the shrine every year.Tirumala has well laid out parks, accommodation and a free bus service between various locations in the temple town. Amidst the thickly wooded hills in Chittoor district lays the temple town of Tirumala with Tirupati at the foothills. The range of hills is said to resemble a snake with Tirumala forming the hood.Tirupati and Tirumala today are modern destinations of pilgrim tourists. Not only the bliss of a divine ‘darshan’but added attractions provided by nature make them the ideal pilgrimage cum holiday destination.
ORIENTATION :Tirupati is situated in the Southern region of Andhra Pradesh of Chittoor district and is at a height of 3200 ft above sea level in the Eastern ghats.
HISTORY : Most of the major dynasties of the Southern region of India like Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagara pradhans visited this temple of Lord Venkateshwara and offerd prayers. But soon after the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire, it was visited even by other Kings from different parts of the country where along with prayers they also gifted valuables and precious ornaments. It was only after the Maharastrian commander, Raghoji Bhonsle there were regular pujas performed in the temple and in the year 1933 a special statutory authority was appointed to administer the temple under the instruction of the Madras government.