Tirupati, the abode of Lord Venkateshwara, is a religious tourist attraction in South India. Although primarily known for its Tirumala temple honouring Lord Vishnu, also known as Lord Balaji, your Tirupati itinerary can include visits to other famous spots and temples.
The Seshachalam hill range that houses the Tirupati Balaji temple has seven peaks. It is believed that each peak represents the head of Adisesha, the serpent God in Hinduism. The history of Tirupati Balaji temple and the rituals practised there has a fascinating story.
Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across the Kadapa and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh, is located around 15 km away from Tirupati. Established in 1989, Venkateshwara covers an area of 353 sq. kms, and is surrounded by Seshachalam and Tirumala Hills.
Tirupati, the sacred city lying to the north of Palkonda Hills, is one of the most visited places in India. The hill stations near Tirupati, some of which are beautiful outstation destinations and others requiring daylong trips, are great places to visit while travelling to this temple town.
While there are legendary stories related to this holy place, one of the most interesting stories is the one regarding the covered eyes of Lord Venkateshwara. Read on to know the reason why Lord Balaji’s eyes are covered.
Balaji Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Venkateshwara, the main deity of the Tirupati Tirumala temple. It is celebrated on the ‘Ashtami’ tithi (eighth day) of the ‘Krishna Paksha’ of the ‘Margashirsha’ month of the Hindu lunar calendar.