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Tirumala - Tirupati - Sri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple

Tirumala Venkateswara Sri Venkateswara swamy, popularly known as lord Balaji temple is a famous Vedic temple in the hill town of Tirumala, near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is the richest pilgrimage centre and the most-visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily (30 to 40 million people annually on average).

Tirupati Temple Images

Pilgrim Places to Visit

Important Places in Tirumala:

  • Om Sri Venkatesaya namaha - Srivari Darshanam
  • Pushkarini
  • Varaha swamy temple
  • Bedi Anjaneya temple
  • forestation and parks around Tirumala hills
  • Sri Venkateswara Museum
  • Silatoranam, rock garden and Kapila Theertham - 2km
  • Sri Venugopala swamy temple - 4km
  • Akasa ganga waterfall - 6km
  • Papavinasam - holy waters and Dam - 8km

Important Places in Tirupati:

  • Sri Govinda raja swamy temple
  • Kapila theertham
  • Kodanda rama swamy temple
  • Tiruchanur - 5km
  • Srinivasa Mangapuram - 12km

Where is Tirupati

Tirupati is a temple city located in Andhra Pradesh state, India - 517501

How To Reach

Tirumala is around 20 km distant from Tirupati city, connected by ghat road.
  • Distance From: Hyderabad - 600 km (370 miles) , Chennai - 138 km (86 mi), Bangalore - 291 km (181 mi)
  • Nearest Airport: Tirupati
  • Nearest Railway Station: Tirupati
  • Nearest Bus Station: Tirumala, Tirupati
  • Transport: Frequest buses from Tirupati

Where to Stay

In Tirupati, normal to star hotels like Quality In are available. In Tirumala, TTD rooms, cottages and guest houses are available.

Best Season & Time to Visit

Try to avoid summer season because of more number of piligrims and high temperatures.


Handicrafts, Pooja Items, Lord Balaji frames, holy threads, nice caps, toys etc.

Festivals / Events

Daily Pooja & Darshan Timings

  • Suprabhata Darshanam, 2.30 am
  • Tomala Seva / Amantranotsavam, 3.30 am
  • Archana, 4.30 am
  • Nijaroopa Darshanam on fridays, 5.30 am
  • Archana Ananthara Darshanam, 5.30 am
  • Ekanthaseva after 10.30 pm

Daily Utsavams:

  • Kalyanotsavam, 10.00 am
  • Arjitha Brahmotsavam, 1.00 pm
  • Dolotsavam or Unjal Seva, 1.30 pm
  • Vasanthotsavam, 2.00 pm
  • Sahasra Deepalankara Seva, 5.30 pm

Weekly Pooja and Utsavams

  • Vishesha Pooja (on Mondays), 6.00 am
  • Astadala Pada Padmaradhana Seva (on tuesdays), 5.30 am
  • Sahasra Kalasabhishekam (on wednesdays), 5.30 am
  • Tiruppavada (on thursdays), 5.30 am
  • Abhishekam (on fridays), 3.30 am

Annual Utsavams and Sevas

  • Float Festival in Feb or March, 5days
  • Padmavathi Parinayam in June, 3days
  • Adhideyaka Abhishekam in June, 3days
  • Pushpa Paliaki in July, 1day
  • Pavithrotsavam in August, 3days
  • Bramhotsavam in Sept or Oct, 9days
  • Pushpayagam after Brahmotsavam, 1day
  • Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam 4 times in a year

Visiting Places Near Tirumala - Tirupati