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Kaliyuga Vaikuntam : Tirumala

 Kaliyuga Vaikuntam : Tirumala

Tirumala is  a census town in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. It is a hill town where Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is located,which is the abode of Lord Venkateswara.

Tirumala is located 3,200feet above sea level and covers an area of approximately 10.33 square miles.Surrounding the hills are seven peaks of Seshachalam range,Eastern Ghats namely Seshadri,Neeladri,Garudadri,Anjanadri,Vrushabadri,Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The temple of Sir Venkateswara is on the seventh peak.

Culture :
Tirupati Laddu.

Dhotis and Saris are the traditional popular attire.The practices of tonsure and using tilaka are popular among devotees of Lord Venkateswara.

Tirupati is known for world - famous Tirupati Laddu. It is the Prasadam at Venkateswara Temple,Tirumala.

Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple is a paradise of Festivals where over 433 festivals are being observed in 365 days of a year suiting the title "Nitya Kalyanam Paccha Toranam" where every day is a festival.

History:
decortation on festivals

King Thondaiman of Tondaimandalam kingdom constructed the precincts and the towering gateway (Gopuram) of the temple. He also made sure his subjects worshipped the Lord regularly.
The construction of the temple too has many legends associated with it. One such legend has it that Lord Vishnu appeared in King Thondaiman’s dream and asked him to construct the temple. The temple was later expanded by various kings and emperors who ruled over the place. Starting from 300 AD, the Tirupati Temple was built over a period of time. One of the earliest recorded evidences state the generosity of Pallava queen Samavai; she had donated precious jewels and 23 acres of land for celebrating the major festivals of the temple. During the Chola dynasty, the temple was developed further as many Chola Kings embellished it with riches. When the Vijayanagara Empire took over, diamonds and gold were donated to the temple. Krishnadevaraya, one of the famous Emperors of Vijayanagara, visited the temple on multiple occasions and contributed to the construction of the temple.