As soon as I arrived at Tirupati, I started making my schedule for different days. I had a total of seven days in my hand and I wanted to pack the trip with fun-filled experience every day. For a travel junkie like me, it was essential to stuff each and every day with one destination or another. So on the first day, I decided to go for Tirumala Venkateswara temple which is known for its Vedic beliefs. The temple is located in Tirumala near the Chittoor district of the Andhra Pradesh state.
The Tirumala Hills have a height of 853 kilometers above sea level and the ancient grand temple of Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, which is the Venkatachala Hill. Lying on the southern banks of Swami Pushkarini, the temple has an ambience of its own. The entire atmosphere is filled with the charming bell sounds in the temple and creates a tranquilized environment for every visitor. In the Indian religion, the temple of Shri Venkateswara is considered to be of pure sanctity and people adore the God for His generousness. In few hymns, Puranas and Shastras of the Indian Hindu mythology, it is clearly mentioned that whoever wants to get assimilated with the Supreme Power after death in Kali Yuga must worship Shri Venkateswara. One of the striking features of the temple is that after Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, it is the richest one. The entire temple has a property worth Rs 500 billion in its fund and one of the most visited places for worship by the Hindus. A hefty number of 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims come to the temple daily to offer their prayers to the deity. One few special occasions like Brahmotsavam, the number of devotees rises to 500,000 in a single day. For such a huge crowd, police forces and security is employed every day.
The sanctum sanctorum is located along the Seven Hills and the main temple of Venkateswara is located in the complex of Tirumala. The origins of the temple come from Vaishnavism which tell about the principle of equality among every individual and prohibits any violence on animals. After a fulfilling day, I retired back.
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Tirupati : Recently, been exploring Tirupati city, saw a gopuram so huge and fascinating, I walked towards it and found its sri govindarajaswami temple, tirupati the elder brother of god Balaji. The temple has a huge area consist of museums, shrines of Sri Parthasarathy, Godadevi Aandal and Pundarikavall most attractive is the main deity lord Sayanamurti who is in sleeping posture. To avoid the big lines one can pay Rs5 and do Darshan quickly. Here is a quick click of this huge temple.
Who doesn’t want a little bit of adventure in life? After all, life is all about taking a few risks. I had a long winter holiday of 7 days lined up, and I was so looking forward to plan it effectively. My mind came up with an idea to explore Tirupati this time. I had a keen interest in Tirupati and its temples and natural resources. So this was the best opportunity for me to start up the trip and explore Tirupati. I packed my bags and started for the journey. I decided to take the Sapthagiri Express for my trip. The total distance from Chennai to Tirupati is about 150 kilometers. My travel experience from Chennai Central (Mas) to Tirupati (Tpty) by Sapthagiri Express train was truly a great experience in itself. As I was on a budget travel, I was making sure of the cost of each and every thing. The winters were approaching, and I decided to travel in the non-air conditioned normal class.
The train operates every day. The origin station is from Chennai Central and ends at the Tirupati station. I took the train from Chennai Central (MAS), which departed at 6:25 p.m. The train crossed through Trivellore, Arakkonam, Tiruttani and covered places like Ekambarakuppam, Puttur and Renigunta Junction. Finally, I reached at Tirupati station at 9:40 in the evening. The train halted for 1-2 minutes in each station mentioned above, and probably for 10 minutes at the Renigunta Junction. My travel experience from Chennai Central (Mas) to Tirupati (Tpty) by Sapthagiri Express train was inevitable. The journey was comfortable and as I was my lone companion, I was making sure of my security. I had got the upper berth for seat. The train was almost occupied and a large number of people traveled. The train also served good food through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. I ordered my dinner through IRCTC, which was served hot. I enjoyed my supper and waited eagerly for the train to arrive at my destination. It was not my first journey in train, but definitely one to be remembered for a long time.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!