A guide to the best pilgrimage
The legend regarding the manifestation of the shrine is spread over various eras. Lord Vishnu who resided in Tirumala hills cursed the Chola King that he will be born as a demon. Vishnu, acknowledging the King's pleas, blessed him that the Lord himself will be married to the King's daughter. Accordingly, the King was reborn as Akasaraja and had a daughter named Padmavati. Srinivasa, the incarnation of Vishnu, marries Padmavati and they reside tog...View more
ther at the Tirumala hills. As Vishnu turned himself into a stone idol to protect his devotees, Padmavati and Goddess Lakshmi followed suit, so that they always reside with the Lord. The pilgrimage to the temple gained popularity when the the great saint Ramanuja undertook his journey to Tirumala hills. Unwilling to keep his foot on the hills, he crawled on his knees up to the shrine. Many sages, rulers of various dynasties have all undertaken this pilgrimage and over the span of time, the endless flow of devotees have turned Tirumala into the most-visited holy shrine.
Lord Venkateswara at this temple of Tirupati is said to have incarnated to relieve the problems of Kaliyug. Darshan of the deity here is said to bring good fortunes. Devotees usually believe that when prayed for something in his name with a vow, the wish gets fulfilled. They then travel to the temple and do offerings like ornaments, hair, trekking the hill etc as a thanksgiving to the Lord.
The annual Brahmotsavam during the months of September/October is a major festival at the temple. Vaikunta Ekadasi is a considered an auspicious day to visit the temple.
Tirupati Balaji darshan Yatra can be done any time of the year.
Tirupati Balaji darshan Yatra can be done in two days from Bengaluru.
|Private vehicles, taxis, buses are available for the climb of the Tirumala hills from the Tirupati town. For the devotees who want to trek the hills on foot, there are two well-laid stone footpaths leading to the shrine.|
Tour Package at a Glance (can be customized)
This is a 24 hour package to complete your darshan. Trip starts From Bangalore in the Car of your choice (Toyota Ethios \ Innova). You will start your journey after 9:00 PM reach Tirupati around 4:30 AM. Rooms will be Alotted for freshup. these rooks afre available for an hour and well maintained ones. A tour guide (if needed ) can will be arranged and will be with you all time in Tirupati. The breakfast will be served early morning around 05:30AM.
YYou will go to Sri Padmavathi temple by 6:00AM. The darshan ticket at Sri Padmavathi temple is Rs 20 and includes a luddu. After darshan at Padmavathi proceed to Tirumala. As only APSRTC buses are allowed to climb the hills, you will switch to APSRTC non-AC bus which will be booked by tour operators and reach Tirumala.
You will reach Tirumala around 9:00 AM. The guide will issue special entry passes which will take you to a separate line. Maintain the given dress code and carry a valid ID card issued by any government agency is mandatory during darshan. Electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple. you can keeping your mobile phones and other electronic gadgets in the locker. Entry starts around 10:30. by 12:00 and 1:00 PM you will finish your darshan and come out. You will return to the hotel and have your lunch and then start your journey back to Bangalore by around 2:30 PM. You will reach Bangalore around 8:30 with the blessings or Lord Venkateshwara.
Private vehicles, taxis, buses are available for the climb of the Tirumala hills from the Tirupati town. For the devotees who want to trek the hills on foot, there are two well-laid stone footpaths leading to the shrine.
The Tirupati Balaji Temple is one of the most-visited holy places in the world, with around 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily. On special occasions and festivals, the number of pilgrims goes upto 500,000.
The annual Brahmotsavam during the months of September/October is a major festival at the Temple. Vaikunta Ekadasi is a considered an auspicious day to visit the Temple.
Devotees need to carry Indian outfits as western attires are not allowed in the temple.
It is advised the devotees carry the needed medications with them.
Photo-id is compulsory to enter the temple.
Non-Hindus, wanting to have darshan, need to sign a declaration form affirming their faith in the Hindu gods.
As the shrine is one of the most-visited holy sites, be prepared to stand long hours before you get the darshan.
The Temple has basic medical facilities in its premises.
The summers can be very hot in this area with the maximum temperature in the high thirties. The winters are pleasant with the temperatures in mid to high twenties.