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Tirupati Temple

Tirupati Temple

There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara.

All the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions.
It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.

After the decline of the Vijayanagar dynasty, nobles and chieftains from all parts of the country continued to pay their homage and offer gifts to the temple. The Maratha general, Raghoji Bhonsle, visited the temple and set up a permanent endowment for the conduct of worship in the temple. He also presented valuable jewels to the Lord, including a large emerald which is still preserved in a box named after the General. Among the later rulers who have endowed large amounts are the rulers of Mysore and Gadwal.

After the fall of the Hindu kingdoms, the Muslim rulers of Karnataka and then the Britishers took over, and many of the temples came under their supervisory and protective control.

TIRUPATI DARSHAN

  • Sarva darshan
  • Su darshan
  • Seegra darshan
  • Divya darshan
  • Pilgrims can have Tirumala srivari darshan by any of the four means. For these darshans there is no need of any recommendation from anybody.Apart from these four darshans there is special entry for darshan for physically challenged and parents carrying babies

    ENTRY OF PARENTS CARRYING BABIES

    TTD have arranged the entry of parents carrying infants through Mahadwaram. These facility will enable comfortable Balaji darshan for them without standing in queues for long hours.

    SPECIAL ENTRY FOR THE HANDICAPPED

    Persons who are mentally and physically challenged,advanced in age or terminally ill and who canít walk will be allowed for Balaji darshan through an entrance at Mahadwaram. One Dependent will be allowed along with them. They will be assisted by the scouts and guides. They will be given laddu coupon at the Mahadwaram itself after Balaji darshan. They are requested to wait in the waiting hall exclusively constructed for them till the time of darshan is informed to them. Wheel chairs are available at Rambaghicha guest house.

    DARSHAN WITHOUT SUDARSHANAM /BIOMETRIC TOKENS

    Pilgrims without Sudarshanam/biometric token can go to Vaikuntum Q complex -II for Balaji darshan. Their possible time of Balaji darshan is displayed at the entrance itself