Varied facts about Tirupati

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Published: 29th June 2010
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Located atop a hill in the South Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is a temple town and is the holy abode of Lord Venkateswara. The temple receives devotees from all around the world. People throng the temple premises just to have a glimpse of the deity. Another interesting fact about Tirupati is that it is touted as the richest temple in the whole world! You may wonder why? Every day the offerings at the temple amount to the tune of millions! Now you may be saying to yourself, 'WOW'! It is one of the most sought after pilgrimage centers in India.

Tirupati is known for its 'laddu', a sweet concoction of ground wheat mixed with jaggery. It is given as 'prasadam' at the temple to all the devotees. The temple authorities also do charity work like building hospitals, providing food to the poor daily and much more. Apart from the temples, there are other spots too for the tourists to visit. The Chandragiri Fort, Srikalahasti temple and the Thalakona are some of the famous spots in and around Tirupati. An interesting fact about Tirupati is, since the temple is situated atop a hill, devotees start walking from the base up to the hill; a sign of devoutness they show towards the Almighty!

Tirupati can be easily reached by air, road or rail. The nearest airport is at Renigunta, 20 km away from Tirupati. A railway station is located in the town itself and buses ply to and from this place regularly. Cheap food which is hygienic and delicious is available everywhere. Many dignitaries visit the temple very often to obtain God's blessing and pour in their offerings. Another interesting aspect about Tirupati is its rich history. It was once part of the Tamil Kingdom later came under the territory of Andhra Pradesh.

Another incredible fact about Tirupati is, every day around 150,000 laddus are made at the temple for serving the devotees! Accommodation is not an issue over here. The temple itself offers free accommodation at its dharmasalas. Apart from that, there many star hotels in and around the town which are well built and equipped with the best of facilities catering to international guests. The people over here are very warm and gentle. The temple authorities have done many good deeds to the town and poverty is a little known thing at this place. It is a calm and peaceful place to spend your vacations.

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