Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple
Sri (Spider), Kala (Serpent), Hasti (Elephant)
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy Temple, also known as "Rahu-Kethu-Kshetram"
and considered as "Dakshina Kasi", is one of the five major Shiva temples
(Pancha Boota Sthalam), representing one of the five major elements - Wind.
The other four temples are Chidambaram Natarajar (Space), Kanchi Ekambareswarar
(Earth), Tiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar (Water) and Tiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar
(Fire). This temple is one among the very famous and honoured religious places of the south
Vayu is incarnated as a Lord Shiva and worshipped as Kalahastheeswara - the Vayu-Linga.
The Shiva linga here is said to be self-manifested Swayambhu. Goddess Parvathi Devi
is worshiped as Gnanaprasunambika devi.
Worshipers who have Rahu-Ketu or Sarpa doshas shall perform the most effective and result oriented "Rahu-Ketu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja". The effect of Kal Sarpa Dosha, Rahu Dosha, Ketu Dosha, Sarpa Dosha, Sarpa Hatya Dosha etc. can be ameliorated by offering pooja at this temple. Rahu-Ketu Pooja will be performed during Rahu Kalam timings
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Tiruchanoor (a) Alarmelmangapuram
Alar (Lotus), Mel (Top), Manga (Goddess), Puram (Town)
Tiruchanoor is a oldest pilgrim town located 5km from Tirupati, is abode of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the beloved consort of Lord Venkateswara. This is popularly known as “Alarmelmangapuram” or "Alimelumangapuram". According to temple legend, Goddess Mahalakshmi emerged on the golden lotus as Padmavathi Devi located at the centre of Padmasarovaram-the temple tank. Here the Goddess is seen in full glory of a marriage attire; being united to Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
There is a strong belief among the pilgrims that they should pave visit to Padmavathi
and seek her divine blessings before they visit Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala
Sri Govindaraja Swami Temple
Sri Govindaraja Swamy is said to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara.
He is believed to be have organised the most glorious wedding of the universe
between Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy and Goddess Sri Padmavathi Ammavari.
Govindaraja Swamy was the caretaker of massive wealth being obtained from King
Kubera for conducting the marriage. Hence Sri Govindaraja Swamy is considered to
be the god who helps you to elevate your wealth and manage the wealth acquired efficiently.
Temple was sanctified in 1130 AD by the revered Saint Ramanujacharya. Sri Govindaraja Swamy
Temple is one of the most important sub temples associated with Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirupati.
Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple
This is a sub-temple of Srivari Padalamandapam situated in the eastern side of the Padalamandapam. This temple was renovated and samprokshana was conducted on 30th of January 2005. Two sub-temples namely, Andal and Pariyalwar Temples are attached to this temple.
Sri Kodanda Ramaswami Temple
Sri Kodandarama Swamy Temple is one of the local temples situated in heart of Tirupati city and one of the important sub-shrines under the control of TTD. The Idols of Lord Sri Kodandarama Swamy varu, Goddess Sita Ammavaru and Sri Lakshmana Swamy varu were installed during the regime of Chola Emperor. It is an ancient and historic temple. Kainkaryams are being rendered in this temple as per Vaikhanasa Agama.
Sri Kapileswara Swami Temple
Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple, one of the most illustrious shiva temple situated at the base of Tirumala hills. The Shiva Linga is considered to be self-manifested or Svayambhu form of Lord Shiva and installed by Kapila Maharishi and hence popularly known as “Sri Kapileswara Swamy”. 'Kapileswara Darshan’ includes Kapileswara Shiva temple and a Kapila Teertham, a majestic waterfall - fulfilling spiritual and intellectual experience. In front of Kapila Lingam lies a very sacred Sarovara (lake) and this is the Bilam (cavity) through which Kapila Maharshi came to earth.
A spring falls on the temple.
Both the temple and the waterfall are considered to be highly pious
On the auspicious occasion of full moon day of the Karthika month, all the teerthas(holy water springs) of the three worlds of heaven, earth and underworld converge in this sacred Kapila Teertham. The location of the temple is truly enriching – stands at the entrance to a mountain cave in one of the steep and vertical faces at the foot of the Tirumala hills which are part of Seshachalam Hills, where the waters of the mountain stream fall directly into Temple Pushkarini known as "Kapila Theertham"
Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple is another prominent shrine of Tirumala. Over the wish of sage Agasthya, Lord Sri Venkateswara along with Goddess Sri Padmavathi devi stayed here for six months after their wedding at Narayana Vanam before proceeding to Tirumala through Srivari Mettu.
As the name indicates, this temple carries significance for newlywed couples. It is also visited by many newly-wed couples who come here to seek the lord’s blessing for a happy married life.
While returning to the Tirumala temple, Lord Venkateswara blessed the place with two boons-.
1. The newlyweds and elderly who are not able to visit Tirumala can get the same benefits through visiting Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple.
2. A devotee who takes part in the Kalyana utsasvam and ties a ‘kaappu’ on their hand, can find their best, most beloved life-partner or find new happiness from their existing relationship.
Srinivasa Mangapuram Kalayanotsavam timing : 11 AM to 12 PM
Sri Agastheeswara Swami Temple
Sri Agastheeswara Swami Temple lies at the confluence of three rivers
Swarnamukhi, Bhima and Kalyani. The Siva lingam in this temple in installed
by Agasthya Mahamuni, hence named as Agastheeswara Lingam. Unlike other temples,
here Goddess Maragadhavalli appears to the left hand side of Lord Agastheeswara
swamy temple resembling the sitting posture of a Bride and a Bride groom in a marriage
as per the Hindu religious practice.
Instead of Navagrahas, the Sapthamathrukas were installed here. They are Kowmari,
Vaishnavi, Vaarahi, Bramhi, Mahedri, Mahishwari and Chamundi.The same blessings
are available to those who worship the Sapthamathrukas instead of Navagrahas.
You could realize the sanctity of the ancient temple if you visit.
There is more to Tirupati than spirituality and Chandragiri Fort is a reminder of those who ruled over this sacred land. It is an interesting place to visit for heritage enthusiasts. Chandragiri was built by the Yadava Rayas in the 11th century, and they ruled it for over three centuries. It then came under the control of the Vijayanagara rulers who moved here when the Golconda sultans attacked their capital at Penukonda. It was annexed by the Golconda sultans in 1646, and finally came under the rule of the kings of Mysore.
ISKCON Tirupati is situated at the foot hills of Tirumalai and one of the best
attractions in Tirupati. Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha are mesmerising and are
adorned richly at the temple . This temple has a great architectural beauty in a
peaceful environment. There are many paintings and sculptures in the temples, each
depicting various episodes from the life of Lord Krishna.
Accomodation facilities are available inside the mandir for ISKON members from all over India. People come to stay here, visit the mandir and then proceed towards Tirupati darshan which is around 20km from there.
We generally would not associate Tirupati with anything other than temples which is why it is surprising to learn that there is one of the oldest and rarest geological formations in the world―a natural stone arch―that rests in proximity to the temple. Sila Thoranam literally means ‘garland or festoon of rocks’. It is a natural stone arch, which was found by archeologists 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.
Among all the temples which surround Tirupati, the least known Gudimallam is also one of the most fascinating. Gudimallam, located just 30 km from the temple town, is one of the most ancient Shiva temples in India. The lingam here is believed to the longest continuously worshipped lingam in the world and is said to be over 2200 years old. The temple is picturesquely located on the banks of the Swarnamukhi River, and the deity here is unique, a 1.35 M, seven-sided monolithic lingam.
Surutapalli is an interesting temple, which depicts Lord Shiva in a reclining posture. Usually, it is Lord Vishnu who is seen reclining with his head on Lakshmi’s lap but here it is Lord Shiva who reclines with his head on Parvati’s lap while the sages and other Gods look on. The story of the temple is related to the legend of the Devas and Asuras churning the ocean for nectar. When the ocean is churned, it spews out precious things of all kinds, from wealth and precious stones to unique animals and even the Goddess Lakshmi.
Hathiram Baba Math
The crowd at Venkateswara Temple is so massive that we scarcely have time to look around. However, just outside the temple entrance is an ancient ashram and a shrine, which is interesting not just for the deity inside but also for the saint who consecrated it. The story of Hathiram Baba goes centuries back. No one knows his real name but he came from Nagaur in Rajasthan. Legend has it that he was such a great devotee of the Lord that the Lord himself came to play dice with him each night.
The temple of Varasiddhi Vinayaka at Kanipakam is an ancient temple built during the Vijayanagar Empire. The temple as well as the deity are interesting, and are gaining popularity among visitors to Tirupati. The legend of the temple relates to three brothers, among whom, one was deaf, one was dumb and one was blind. They tilled their land together and made a living. When their well dried up, they dug another well but were stumped when they were unable to dig after a particular level.
Sri Venkateswara Museum
Sri Venkateswara Museum in Tirupati is within walking distance of the temple. It resembles a temple, and most people would mistake it for one! Not only does it houses an enviable collection of artifacts from the region but also boasts a small shrine and meditation hall. Needless to say, almost everything here revolves around Tirumala, its history, and the Lord who resides here. The museum is divided into different sections, each one dealing with one aspect of Tirumala. One section is filled with broken idols found nearby.
Nagalapuram is certainly one of the most interesting temples near Tirupati. The importance of this temple lies in the fact that this is the only temple dedicated to the Lord in his first avatar (incarnation) as Matsya, the great fish. The main deity is Veda Narayana Perumal, since He is believed to have rescued the Vedas from the demon Somakudu. He is in a standing posture, his fish-like tail clearly visible, flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi, and in one of his hands holds the Sudarshana Chakra ready to be let loose.