Tirupati, situated in the Eastern Ghats’ foothills, is an important pilgrimage center of the state of Andhra Pradesh. It lies close to the Tirupati Temple, which is located in the hills of Tirumala. Mollyson Holidays offers you a wonderful Tirupati Packages which covers the famous temples of Tirupati that attracts millions of devotees every year and is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in the world.
Uncover the History of Tirupati with our Tirupati Packages
The source of the origin of the name is not very clear, but it is believed that the word Tirupati comes from the amalgamation of two words – Thiru and Pati. Thiru is a Tamil word which means ‘respectable’ while Pati translates to ‘husband’. Thus, the literal meaning of Tirupathi comes out to be ‘respectable husband’.
Our Tirupati Packages covers The hills of Tirumala, which lie close to the city center, are the second oldest rock mountains in the world. There is no historical evidence to suggest who built the Tirupati Temple, but it has come to be controlled and upgraded by many rulers over the years since the 4th century AD. The temple of Tirupati, unlike the other temples of South India, was able to ward off the invasions by Muslim rulers in the 14th and the 15th century.
Explore People & Culture with our Tirupati Packages
Apart from the temple, Tirupati is also known for its fairs and festivals. The Gangamma Jatra, which is held for a week is one such event. It is held at the Tataiah Gunta Gangamma temple in Tirupati and is known for its unusual rituals. Devotees disguise themselves and walk across the streets of the temple shouting foul words in the belief that it will drive evil forces away. Later on, they smear themselves with sandalwood paste, cover their heads with jasmine garlands and enter the temple. The end of the jatra is marked by smashing the earthen idol of the goddess. People from the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also come to Tirupati during this time to participate in the festival. The biggest festival though is the Brahmotsavam, during which there is a huge rush. The Vijaynagar Festival, held at Chandragiri Fort and the Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival are some of the other attractions of the temple town.
Things to do in Tirupati Packages
Our Tirupati Packages takes you to The Tirupati Temple which is situated atop the Tirumala Hills and consists of seven peaks known as Sapthagiri. The seven peaks represent the seven hoods of Adishesha, the serpent on whom lies Lord Vishnu. The temple opens at 3:00 am and closes at midnight. According to practice, the Varahaswami Temple should be visited before visiting the temple of Sri Venkateswaraswami.
There is always a huge queue for darshan which can be done through the paid darshan or through the free darshan. Special ‘sevas’ or paid darshans require an additional charge and are a little faster than the free queue. The waiting time in the queue is typically 4-5 hours. Around 50,000 people are believed to visit the temple every day. Most of the revenue of Tirumala comes from the pilgrimage to the Tirupati Temple. Tirupati Tour Packages takes you to the Tirupati Temple which is believed to be one of the richest holy places in the world after the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. Apart from the Tirupati Temple, Tirupati also has the Sri Venkateshwara Zoological Park, which houses birds and animals of various species. Other places of tourist interest in the region include the Padmavati Temple, the Govindaraja Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram and Shilatoranam, which is a rock garden.
Enjoy Food & Shopping with our Tirupati Packages
With our affordable Tirupati Packages, you will enjoy the Food in Tirupati which typically consists of the standard South Indian vegetarian fare of rice, sambhar, rasam, vegetables etc. Food is available at the temple too where it is served on banana leaves with sweet rice being the specialty. The other popular food item is the laddu which is a favorite of the Lord as well.
With our Tirupati Tour Packages, one can shop for locally made unique handicrafts which include woodcarvings, whitewood toys, Tanjore gold leaf paintings and kalamkari art, among other things. Another specialty of the place is the Chandana Dolls which are black carved wooden idols of Lord Venkateshwara and his consort Padmavati.
So, Call us now if you have any queries related to our Tirupati Packages. We will be very happy to serve you!