Welcome to Tirupati.
Tirupati is a major pilgrim centre located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Tirupati is located at foot hills of Tirumala, which is nearer to Chennai city at a distance of about 150kms.
The Tirumala Lord Venkateswara temple is located at a distance of 20 kms from Tirupati. Tirumala temple is one of the richest temples in the world and second richest in India after Padmanabha Swamy temple in Trivandrum, Kerala.
The town was a classic center for Vaishnavism around in 5th century A.D. during which it was evaluated by the Tamil Alwars. The temple rites were made formal status by the Tamil Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya in the 11th century AD. Tirupati survived the Muslim and British occupations. During the Muslim invasion over South India, the deity of Lord Ranganatha from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam was brought to Tirupati for safe keeping.
The temple was constructed and modernised by various kingdoms. The Tamil writings in the temple specify the contributions made by Pallava Kingdom at around 9th Century AD, Chola Kingdom around 10th century AD and the Vijayanagara Empire in 14th century AD. The Madras state legislature passed a special act in the year 1932 where by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) committee was invested with the powers of provision and control through a commissioner appointed by the Government of Madras.
Tirumala is located on southern part of the Eastern ghats at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level and covers an area of approximately 26.8 sq.km. It is located at a distance of around 210 km from Bangalore, 435 km from Vijayawada and 572 km from Hyderabad.