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Tirupati Travel Guide

Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, or the abode of the Lord Tirupati, is probably Hindu India’s most visited holy place. Situated amidst lush greenery atop a hill surrounded by outcroppings of red rock, the Tirupati temple which attracts the devout in thousands everyday, is dedicated to Sri Venkateswara -one of the incarnations of Vishnu. The temple is the reason that this town gets visitors, usually pilgrims who’ve travelled hundreds of kilometres to undertake this sacred pilgrimage to ask a wish of the Lord.

Tirumala’s Balaji shrine is among the more famous pilgrimage temples of India and attracts the largest number of pilgrims for any shrine in India. Tirupati is also known for being one of the richest shrines in the world. So plan your next holiday in Tirupati and pay homage at one of the richest shrines in the world.

Tirumala-Tirupati is built around seven hills that are also known as Sapthagiri after the seven hoods of the cosmic serpent Sheshnag. The temple of Sri Venkateswara is situated on the seventh peak called Venkatadri.

Many a pilgrim get their head shaved when they visit the Tirupati temple and offer their hair to Balaji as an act that oblirates the ego. This tonsuring of the head is a ritual that is strongly associated with Tirupati. This hair shaving is done at acentral hall called Kalyana Katta, a huge building near the temple where the barbers sit. The selling of hair by the TTD is big business and tenders are floated globally for the sale of Indian human hair which are eventually sold as wigs that are much sought after in the western world!

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