Situated at the top of Tirumala Hill in the Tirupati city of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, the Tirupati Temple or temple of Lord Venkateshwara is one of the most famous shrines in the country. For ages Tirupati darshan has been considered to very auspicious not only be general pilgrims but also by celebrities like filmstars, sportstars and politicians. The Tirupati Temple is undoubtedly one of the most high-profile pilgrim sites in entire India and it witnesses thick crowds throughout the year. Season does not matter when it comes to Tirupati visit. One has to stand in queue to reach the abode of Lord Venkateshwara. The Tirumala hill consists of seven peaks named Sheshadri, Neeladri, Anjandri, Garudadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.
The temple of Lord Venkateshwara is set on the top of the Venkatadri peak and is visible from different parts of the city. the deity-Lord Venkateshwara stands inside a garba griha (sanctum) inside the inner temple of Vimanam, a huge tower with golden roofs. The idol is said to be manifested as there is no historic proof of sculptors having the ability to carve such an idol and neither is there any story or legend about installation of the idol in the shrine. Worshipping of Lord Venkateshwara is done six times in a day and the rituals are performed by Vaikhanasa priests who are doing this for generations.
Estimated number of daily visitors to Tirupati Temple is around one lakh which proves its popularity and the huge rush that you would be a part of. However, you can avoid standing in the long queue to buy ticket and instead opt for Tirupati darshan online booking. Many websites offer online booking packages for Tirupati Darshan availing which you can get direct entry to the Tirupati Temple. Apart from trip to the temple, some of these packages include visit to the Tiruchanur Padmavathi Temple.