Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Temples in and around Tirupati

  • Lord Venkateswara temple is located on the Tirumala hill. Tirupati is at the foot steps of the Tirumala hills.
  • Sri Padmavathi Devi temple is at Tiruchanooru / Tiruchanoor, also known as Alamelumangapuram about 5 km from Tirupati. Visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting Sri Padmavathi Devi temple.
  • Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is at Srinivasa Mangapuram. According to legend, Lord Venkateswara stayed here after His marriage with Sri Padmavathi Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala.
  • Govindarajaswamy temple is in Tirupati next to the railway station Here, Lord Vishnu is in Anantasayanam pose. Saint Ramanujacharya consecrated this temple in 1130 AD. It has an imposing gopuram which can be seen from a distance.The annual Brahmotsavam here is celebrated in the month of Vaisakha. The annual float festival is also celebrated.
  • Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, Tirupati Kapila Teertham is in Tirupati town at the base of Tirumala hills dedicated to Lord Siva. It is situated about 3 km North of Tirupati. The sacred waterfall Kapila Teertham also called Alwar Teertham is here. Annual Brahmotsavams and festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Mahasivaratri, Skanda Shasti and Annabhishekam are performed here.
  • Sri Kodandaramaswami temple, Tirupati was built by Chola kings during the tenth century AD. The presiding deities are Sita, Rama and Lakshmana.
    The temple of Anjaneyaswami is a subshrine of this temple. According to legend, this temple commemorates the visit of Sri Rama to Tirupati. Ugadi and Ramanavami are celebrated grand here. Brahmotsavam is also celebrated every year.
  • Sri Kalahasteeswara temple is at Srikalahasti, 60 kms from Tirupati. The initial structure of this temple was constructed by the great Pallava dynasty. Tamil Chola kings and the Vijayanagara kings also developed this temple.
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami temple at Narayanavanam is 40 kms from Tirupati. Lord Sri Venkateswaraswami and Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, the daughter of Akasa Maharaja were married here.
  • ISKCON- Krishna Temple is located at the foot of the holy hills. It is a place of peace and tranquility.
  • Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple is located in Nagalapuram, 70 km south-east of Tirupati. It is believed that Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, in the form of Matsya, killed the rakshasa (demon) Somakudu here, and retrieved the Vedas from him. The temple was built by the emperor of vijayanagaram, Sri Krishnadevaraya.

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