Tirupati, one of the most sacred pilgrimage and religious sites in the world is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara or Srinivasa or Balaji is worshipped as the presiding deity in this temple. This temple is frequented by pilgrims from all over the world to pay their worship to the deity. It is believed that all the wishes of the devotees come true if they worship Lord Venkateswara.
Tirupati Temple is constructed in a typical South India style of architecture. Located at the seventh peak, the Venkatachala of the Tirupati Hill in the Eastern Ghats, this temple is counted as one of the richest temples in the world. The presiding deity is bejeweled with gold, diamonds and other precious metals and stones. Even the doors and the walls of the temples testify the richness of the temple.
The affluence of the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati is sure to mesmerize you. The pilgrims keep “mannat” and hope their wishes to come true. You need to stand in a long queue of devotees to get a glimpse of the deity. You can not wait for more than few seconds in front of the deity. It is done for the purpose of security.
There is a managing board that looks after the well being of the temple and other affair dealing with the temple. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanamb manages all affairs of the temple. Various charitable works are also performed by this trust.
Animal sacrifice is strictly prohibited within the temple campus. Within the temple campus, you can find the presence of other shrines like Potu, the main shrine, Garbha Gruham, Mukkoti Pradakshinam, Padi Kavali Maha Dwara, Krishna Devaraya Mandapam, Sri Vishwaksena Temple, Sankeertana Bhandara, Tirumala Raya Mandapam, Sri Narasimhaswami Shrine, Sampangi Pradakshinam, Ranga Mandapam, Vimana Pradakshinam, Aina Mahal, Dhwajastambha Mandapam, Tirumamani Mandapam, Nadimi Padi Kavili, Sri Varadarajaswami Shine, Bangaru Bavi, Snapana Mandapam, Ramar Meda, Kalyana Mandapam, Sri Ramanuja Shrine, Sayana Mandapam, Bangaru Vakili, Sri Yoga Narasimhaswami Temple and Sri Garuda Temple.
Brahmotsavam festival is the major festivals celebrated at Tirupati. To take part in this festival, more than 50,000 pilgrims visit Tirupati temple every year.