While Tirupati is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage sites because of the Tirumala Vankateshwara Temple; there are several other significant temples near the city. With architectural beauty and historical significance; these places are a must see when one visits Tirupati.
South Report takes a look at 20 places of religious significance near Tirupati:
1. Sri Tiruchanoor Temple:
Tiruchanoor, also known as Alamelu Mangapuram is about 5 kilometres from Tirupati and here, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. Here the Goddess is seen in full glory of a marriage attire; being united to Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
2. Sri Govindarajaswami Temple:
Sri Govindaraja Swamy is said to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara. It is said that Lord Govindaraja played a major role in the magnificent marriage of Lord Venkateswara and Padmavathi. who accomplished the ever-magnificent marriage between Venkateswara Swamy and Padmavathi Ammavaru. Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is one of most important sub temples associated with Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirupati.
3. ISKCON Tirupati:
ISKCON Temple Tirupati was constructed in collaboration with the TTD; at the foot of the seven hills in 1982 and is a must visit for any devotee or even if you are not a devotee; the artistic skill seen here is worth a visit!
4. Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swami Temple:
Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is situated at an easily commutable distance of 12 KM to the west Tiruapti. This can be likewise a great way to spend a four hour break in your Tirupati program, as it can be easily reached and Darshan is not usually preceded by long queues. As the name indicates it carries great significance for newly married couples.
5. Sri Aadhi Varaha Swami Temple:
Sri Aadhi Varaha Swami Temple tirumala, is located to the north of Sri Venkateshwara Temple, on the banks of swami Pushkarni. The presiding deity is Varaha swami, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a boar that was staying on the hills when Lord descended on Earth. It is said that Lord Sri Vankateshwara took up residence here, with the permission of Sri Varaha Swami.
6. Kapila Teertham:
While all the temples in and around Tirupati are dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, there is this one holy place dedicated to Lord Shiva. It also has a waterfall that is situated right in the middle of the temple. A good place to visit during the monsoons as the waterfall looks breathtaking.
7. Japali Teertham:
The Hanuman Temple at Japali Theertham Tirumala, is one of the least known but most worthy places to visit. You have to walk a kilometre into the woods to reach this temple; so this is adventurous as well! It is believed that Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman stayed here with Hanuman.
Sila Thoranam literally means ‘garland or festoon of rocks’ and is a natural stone arch which was found by archaeologists excavating a geological fault in the area. Located just around 1.5 km from the Venkateswara temple, this arch is naturally compared to the divine serpent Adishesha.
9. Papavinasam Teertham:
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.
10. Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple:
The Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy temple is located at a distance of about 14 km from Tirupati. This makes the temple adequately separated from the main temple town, but still easily reachable through private or public travels. What sets this apart is that this temple depicts the Lord Venkateswara Swamy in the ‘Abhaya Hasta Posture’, which is considered to be the ultimate blessing posture.
11. Sri Bedi Anjaneya Swamy Temple:
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.
12. Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple:
The temple is located at a distance of 16KM from the Tirupati city, Andhrapradesh, India. It is believed that the Lord blessed Sri Siddeswara and Sages in the holy place after his marriage with Goddess Sri Padmavathi. The most important festival in the temple is Srivari Annual Brahmotsavam which is being celebrated in the month of Jyesta (May/June) for a period of 10days.
13. Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple:
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.
14. Vaikuntha Teertham:
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. Bathing in water is really refreshing and said to wash away all the sins.
15. Sri Kapileshwara Swamy Temple:
Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple, one of the most illustrious South Indian Shiva temples is situated in Tirupati, on the way to Tirumala. The ‘Kapileswara Darshan’ includes Kapileswara Shiva temple and a majestic waterfall, fulfilling spiritual and intellectual experience. The location of the temple is truly enriching – accompanied by the seven hills of Tirupati, Kapila Teertham waterfalls and a sacred lake directly ahead.
16. Sri Agastya Swamy Temple:
Sri Agastheshwara Temple is an ancient Shiva temple, located in Mukkoti in Tirupati. Historically, this is considered one of the earliest Shiva temples in South India. According to the Puranas, this temple was conceived at the direct instructions of Lord shiva given to sage Sri Agasthya. Hence the temple derived its name ‘Sri Agastheshwara Temple.’ According to devotees, having a Sri Agastheshwara Darshan can remove many earthly worries and troubles. As a result, thousands of devotees visit this temple.
17. Sri Kondarama Swamy Temple:
According to legends, Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita Devi stayed for a night at this place, during their trip back to Ayodhya after the War. As the temple is only moderately busy, you can have a quick Darshan even when you don’t have the time for an elaborate plan.
18. Sri Parasurameshwara Temple:
The Lord here is known as Parasurameshwara, and this lingam is believed to depict the trinity. The legend of the temple connects it to Parasurama, an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.
19. Chakra Teertham:
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.
20. Tumburu Teertham:
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.
How many of these places have you seen?