Tirumalai is a Tamil word separated from the Tamil Nadu State and was included in Andhra Pradesh and later was called as Tirumala. Tirumala is in the district of Chittoor and near to Tirupati. Tirumala is a holy hill station of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy’s temple surrounded by seven hills of Seshachalam (it’s also called seven hills). The names are Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushbadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy is on the seventh hill Venkatadri. Tirumala is also called as Adivarahakshtra, as per the history the place belongs to Sri Varaha Swamy. Sri Varaha Swamy is also one the dashavatara. Venkatadri is a part of mount Meru, Vishnu brought it to earth from vaikuntam by mount Garuda. The seven hills represent the seven heads of Adisesha.
Every year in month October Sri Venkateswara Swamy Bramostavam is performed for 9 days. On this occasion, lakhs of people come to Tirumala to see the Utsavams. Every year on Vaikunta Ekadasi the entrance of the Vainkunta Dwaram is opened to the public for moksha. On the occasion of Rathsapthami another important ustavam of Lord Sri Vaaru, on this day God will have the procession around the temple on the seven different vahanams. On all the Hindu festivals the temple will be decorated with different kinds of flowers and lights and aastanams (sevas) are performed to Lord Sri Vaaru.
To have the darshan of main deity the pilgrims male must wear dhoti or kurta and female must wear Saari or chudidar with an upper cloth. For the benefit of the pilgrims, temple authorities provide free meals as well on regular intervals. The aim of the temple authorities is to see that no one Tirumala should stay hungry.
In Tirumala, there are many cottages and rooms available for different prices according to their interest. There are also free rooms and dormitories available to pilgrims.
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