Visiting Places In Tirumla

  • Akasha Ganga Theertham In Tirumala

    Akasha Ganga Theertham is a popular waterfall, located near the Sri Venkateswara Temple. The waterfall is about 5 km from the main temple and the Tirumala Nambi family is allowed to take holy dip at this waterfalls. It is commonly believed that the theertham originates from the lotus feet of the main deity. The best time for visiting this place is during the rainy season, when the waterfall cascades down with full fervour.
  • Chakra Theertham In Tirumala

    Chakra Theertham is also a famous pond in Tirumala, which is located next to Silathoranam and holds special importance. This place houses a Swayambu Lingam and is well-known for being a popular tourist spot in Tirupati. It is believed that when Lord Brahma observed grief at this site, Lord Vishnu plunged his Sudarshana Chakra for cleansing it.

    The Sudarshana Chakra then fell into a place, which later came to be known as Chakra Theertham. This pond is known for cleanse bathers of sins that would lead them to the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.
  • Deer Park In Tirumala

    Deer Park is located towards the suburbs of the main city of Kandaleru, which is known for having large number of animals and scenic landscapes. The most common animal that can be spotted in the park is deer, which is very friendly with the visitors. This park can be easily visited on the way to Tirupati and is also known for varied bird species.

    Presently, this park is managed by the Tirupati Devasthanam authorities and also houses a special children's park.
  • Japali Theertham In Tirumala

    Japali Theertham is a popular pond in Tirumala, which is not very crowded like other theerthams in the region. It is located amidst deep woods and a shrine of Lord Hanuman, which attracts several visitors. The famous festivals celebrated at this site are Tumburu Phalguna Pournami, Chakra Kartika Masa - Ksheerabdi Dwadasi, Kumaradhara Magha Pournami and Ramakrishna Pushya Pournami.

    Tourists can also trek from the dense forest to reach this holy pond in Tirumala. Devotees also believe that the holy water of this theertham can wash away all the evils and sins that they have committed in their life.
  • Kumaradhara Theertham In Tirumala

    Kumaradhara Theertham is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu took penance after killing the demon named Tarakasura. It is also believed that a devotee of Lord Vishnu lost his way in the hills and started meditating. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and asked to take a bath in this pond. This holy dip transformed the man into a sixteen year old boy and the pond came to be known as Kumara Theertham.
  • Pandava Theertham In Tirumala

    Pandava Theertham is one of the holy theerthams in Tirumala, which is known for its divinity and sacredness. This theertham that has a story of salvation also holds some connection with Pandavas. It is believed that two Pandava brothers Yudhishtra and Arjuna took bath at this place. Pandava Theertham is situated at the bottom of the hill and faces the Narishma Hill.
  • Papavinasam Theertham In Tirumala

    Papavinasam Theertham is around 2 miles from Tirumala and is a beautiful waterfall in the region. The devotees also believe a holy dip at this site can relieve them from their sins and evils. There are separate dressing rooms at this site for men and women, where they can change their dresses. The reservoir near the dam restricts the water flow in this theertham.
  • Pasupu Theertham In Tirumala

    Pasupu Theertham is a sacred water body in Tirumala, which is also called as punya theertham. This pond is situated very close to the main Sri Venkateswara Temple and can be reached by foot. It is also regarded very close to the celestial water bodies in heaven, which has a special association with Lord Venkateswara.

    The ideal time to visit this pond and surrounding region is during the monsoon rains, when the climate becomes very cool and pleasant.
  • Ramakrishna Theertham In Tirumala

    Ramakrishna Theertham is situated approximately 6 miles to the north of the main Sri Venkateswara Temple. Local inhabitants believe that a person named Krishna dug a pool, where a sage came for meditating. While this sage was meditating, an anthill was formed around him. For testing his concentration, Lord Indra sent down thunderstorm and lightening, but he failed to dislodge the sage sitting in this pool.

    The anthill was broken and Lord Srinivasa appeared at this site, who blessed the sage saying that a holy bath in this theertham on full moon day will cleanse all the sins.
  • Sanaka Sanandana Theertham In Tirumala

    Sanaka Sanandana Theertham is a famous waterfall in Tirupati, which is associated with two sages named Sanaka and Sanandana. It is believed that once these two sages went to Vaikuntham for seeing Lord Vishnu, but were not permitted by the guards called Jaya and Vijaya. These two sages then cursed the guards that they will take birth as Danavas or demons. After three rebirths, these two guards regained their original form and went back to Vaikuntham.

    Local inhabitants also believe that the theertham has some divine and yogic powers and devotees should take a holy dip in its water on the day of margazhi.
  • Sesha Theertham In Tirumala

    Sesha Theertham is associated with the Adishesha or the Sheshnag of Lord Vishnu, who once stroked a torrent with his tail for quenching the thirst of Lord Vishnu. This site is known after Adishesha and is situated within the precincts of the main temple. Devotees taking holy dip in this theertham offer jaggery, salt and pepper to pray for the betterment of their health. Travellers also believe that by taking bath in this holy water, they can get relief from the Sarpa Dosha.
  • Shilathoranam In Tirumala

    During excavations in the 1980's on a mound of earth in the jungles 1 km. North of the temple where it was believed that some information lied buried about the Lord's transformation into rock, a very rare phenomenon of two different sets of rocks connected together in the form of a thin link was found. This formation is known to exist elsewhere only at the 4 fingers of Texas and somewhere in Australia.

    This is pretty small in size relatively but what makes it unique and astounding is that nowhere in rock formations known to exist on the Indian soil have been found to be of this type and also, the height of The Lord confirms exactly to the distance of the pinnacle of the arch from the foot of the same! Also, two other formations excavated along with resemble the celestial conch and the discus that are the Lord's possessions. These have not been carved even remotely.

    They are formed naturally very mysterious indeed! This geological arch is a very rare spectacle in the world. This arch (older than the Jurassic age) is 25ft in length, l0ft in height. Pilgrims must make it a point to visit this wonder of the world during their Tirumala trip. No buses are available.

    A private vehicle or a 20-minute walk from Sri Varahaswamy Temple brings you here.
  • Sitamma Theertham In Tirumala

    Sitamma Theertham is a holy water body that is located nearby the main temple in Tirumala. This water body lies close to Silathoranam and the Chakra Theertham. There is also a small temple of Swayambu Lingam at this site that is believed to hold some sacred powers. Lord Brahma once observed repentance at this site. Further, for cleansing this place, Lord Vishnu plunged the Sudarshana Chakram.

    The place where his Sudarshana Chakram fell is known as the Chakra Theertham. Large number of devotees take a holy dip at this place with the belief that it will cleanse away their sins.
  • Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple In Tirumala

    Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, which is situated Akilandam, is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple faces the Mahadwaram of the Sri Venkateswara Temple. It is believed that the temple was constructed during the reign of Mahant and was built according to the Vaishnavite traditions.

    Local inhabitants also believe that Lord Hanuman fled to Seshachalam to get camel vehicle for Lord Venkateswara. There is a special abhishekam and pooja performed at this temple on every Sunday. Hanuman Jayanthi is also celebrated at this Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple.
  • Sri Varahaswamy Temple In Tirumala

    The famous temple of Sri Varahaswami in Tirumala is to the north of the Sri Venkateshwara temple, on the banks of Swami Pushkarini.

    The presiding deity is Varaha Swami, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a boar that was staying on the hills when The Lord descended unto earth.

    HE had to take permission from Lord Varaha to stay here and grant HIM (Lord Varaha), the privilege of first view by the visiting pilgrims and first Naivedyam (sacred offering of food to Lord for consecration) in return. Thus it is imperative that pilgrims visit Sri Varaha Swami first and The Lord, only later. According to legend, Tirumala was originally the Adi Varahakshetra (place belonging to Sri Adi Varahaswami).

    Lord Sri Venkateshwara took up residence here, with the permission of Sri Varahaswami. According to Brahmapurana, Naivedyam (food offered to God) should first be offered to Sri Varahaswami. Pilgrims should visit Sri Varahaswami temple prior to Sri Venkateshwara temple. According to Atri Samhita (Samurtarchanadhikara), Varaha Avatara is worshipped in three ways as Adi Varaha, Pralaya Varaha, and Yajna Varaha.

    The idol of Sri Varahaswami in Tirumala is that of Adi Varaha, as it resembles the description of the Adi Varaha Murti in Vaikhanasa Agama texts.
  • Sri Vari paadalu In Tirumala

    A way ahead of Sila Thoranam (Geological formed stone arch) at Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateshwara a human incarnation of Lord Vishnu is a location that has been famous to be the first foot step of the lord which he set on this piece of earth. The foot marks are visible and the direction of the feet is pointing towards the today’s new sanctum sanctorum of the Lord, the main temple of Balaji (Lord Venkateshwara).

    This beautiful place is said to be the highest hill top among the seven hills with an excellent bird view it offers of the city and surroundings of Tirumala, definitely breathtaking from this point. One has to take paved stairs to reach this place as there is no other alternative.

    There is a tree near by where people tie threads with a wish to get fulfilled, the tree is said to fulfill the boons. Some people leave their visiting cards of business for growth and prosperity.

    Lot of devotee’s who visit Tirumala, comedown to visit the lord’s feet set in the mesmerizing natural settings of the nature and in short, a dip in versatile India and its roots.
  • Sri Vari Museum In Tirumala

    Sri Vari Museum is situated in the main Tirumala town, next to the Karnataka Choultry. Tourists coming to this museum can see some of the beautiful pictures, artefacts and sculptures that depict the history of the main temple. It also houses scriptures and photographs, which can be viewed by the visitors all round the year. This is a newly built museum, which has free entry for the visitors.
  • Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram In Tirumala

    Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram is a museum, which started its operations in 1980. It is also a meditation centre, where spiritual visitors can meditate and offer prayers. There are several religious artefacts like pooja utensils inside this museum. The hall for meditation is functional all round the year and is an ideal place for making peaceful meditation
  • Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple In Tirumala

    Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple is situated in Karvetinagaram, which is around 48 km from Tirupati. It is a 14th century temple, which is believed to be sanctified by Sri Ramanujacharya. On either side of the main deity, Sri Venugopala Swamy, there are idols of Sri Rukmini Ammavaru and Sri Satyabhama Ammavaru. It also houses a sub temple of Sri Seetharamula Pattabhishekam.

    The chief festivals celebrated in the temple are Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Gokulashtami, Brahmotsavam and Teppotsavam.
  • Swami Pushkarini Lake In Tirumala

    It is very usual and highly probable to find a water tank either just beside or nearby every Hindu temple constructed during the ancient and medieval times. The waters of the tank were strictly for temple purposes only - like for the God's "bath" that is a ritual/worship, cleaning and washing the temples insides andoutsides, for use inside the temples for drinking purposes (Not in Tirumala, though), kitchens (if any) and by large, by the folk that stay and live by the temple like the priests' families and workers, for their daily uses. The water's chief and famous uses are bathing and washing by the visiting pilgrims who take a dip or swim in it and, above all, for the temple's special occasions when the divine images are taken in the temple boat, in the tank waters. The water in the Swami Pushkarini is absolutely NOT stagnant OR infected.

    It has a state-of-the-art recycling facility and water is treated before it gets into and recycled continuously. Swami Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of Sri Maha Vishnu in Vaikuntham, and was brought and set on Earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateshwara. It is adjacent to the Sri Venkateshwara temple. A bath in the Swami Pushkarini is believed to clean pilgrims of their sins and bestow temporal prosperity. Pilgrims bath here before entering the main temple.

    A bath in the holy tank purifies one's body and soul.
  • TTD Gardens In Tirumala

    TTD Gardens, situated near the main temple, contains flowers and ornamental garden within its area spanning 460 acres. This garden is maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam and is the main area from where around 500 kg of flowers are sent to different temples. The patch in this garden was paved by Ramanuja and his disciples in the 14th century.

    There are four nurseries in this garden including Gogarbham Dam area, Divyaramam area, Travellers Bungalow area and Sri Padmavathi Guest House area. The main varieties of flowers at this garden are hibiscus, crotons, bougainvilleas and others.
  • Tumburu Theertham In Tirumala

    Tumburu Theertham is one of the natural watercourses, which dates back to the Vedic ages.

    Story behind the formation of the theertham states that a Gandharva cursed sage Agastya’s lazy wife to became a toad that had to survive in this pond till the sage arrived. When sage Agastya came here with his disciples, the toad took the Gandharva form and hence the pond was known as Tumburu Theertham.
  • Vaikuntha Theertham In Tirumala

    Vaikuntha Theertham is located towards the north east of the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara. This holy theertham is associated with the Lord Vishnu's incarnation as Lord Rama. It is commonly believed that the monkeys from Lord Rama's vanara sena saw Vaikuntham at this place and hence it came to be known as Vaikuntha Theertham. This theertham is situated approximately 3 km from the Tirupati Bus Station and is connected with several important destinations.
The above information has been sourced from TTD.