Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam
The presiding deity, Lord Venkateswara, is famous all over the world as the giver of boons, and is paid homages by people from all religions and races.
Nestled cosily among seven hills of the Eastern Ghats, Tirupati is the destination divine for the pilgrims in search of God. It is located in Chittoor District, 572kms from Hyderabad, 240 kms from Bangalore, ISOkms from Chennai. The sublime seven hills of Lord Venkateswara beckon you to a stimulating experience in the divine destination of Tirupati. Picturesque locations, gorgeous valleys, ancient temples, and enthralling historic places.
You will be awe-struck by the sparkle of the exquisitely carved Golden gopuram of this ancient Dravidian temple of Lord Venkateswara, giver of boons, the richest of all deities. He is flanked by his two consorts - Alamelumanga and Padmavati. You can also take part in the annual Brahmotsavams - a virtual convergence of devotion !
Take the path up by foot or by bus - the winding way up will leave you gaping at the enchanting scene. The premises of the temple and the sanctum sanctorum will lure you back again and again!
The different Sevas performed to the Lord are described in brief here. The devotees can choose from these services. They can reserve for Sevas by contacting the Arjhitam officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam. These Sevas are normally performed when no general functions are happening on that particular day. To avoid heavy rush, as devotees would want to perform the Seva on auspicious days and Fridays, it is always advisable to reserve for the Seva 3 to 4 months in advance.
Sarvadarsanam means 'darshan for all'. The timings for Sarvadarsanam are different on different days of the week. Please refer the weekly temple programme for the timings.
On normal days, about 18 hours are allotted for Sarvadarsanam and on peak days, it is open for 20 hours.
Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the main temple every day.
The entrance for Special Darshan is through the PPC (Queue Complex). The queue merges with the Sarvadarsanam queue at Bangaruvakili. Pilgrims who use this queue will have a shorter waiting time.
There are two categories of special darshan, with tickets costing Rs. 40.00 and Rs. 50.00 per head.
The darshan timings are the same as that for Sarvadarsanam.
Sudarsanam Token System
The Sudarsanam token system was introduced to minimise the waiting time for Sarvadarsanam, Special Darshan and other paid darshan/sevas. Some of its features:
- The tokens are available free of cost at the First Choultry (opposite the TiruRailway Station), Second Choultry (behind the Railway Station), Alipiri Bus Stand, Tirupati, Vaikuntam Queue Complex, Pilgrim Amenities Centre (Near CRO) and near the Rambagicha Guest House in Tirumala.
- The time of darshan is indicated on the tokens.
- Pilgrims can enter the Vaikuntam Queue Complex at Tirumala at the time indicated on the tokens
- They can have darshan within two hours of entering the Queue Complex.
- As this system saves on waiting time, it provides pilgrims with enough time to visit temples in the vicinity like Sri Govindarajaswami Temple and Kapila Teertham at Tirupati, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple at Tiruchanur and Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram.
- To help TTD keep a track of the number of pilgrims and ensure their smooth flow, one token is issued per head. Collective tokens for groups are not issued.
Some precautions for you to take:
Collect your Sudarsanam token only from TTD-run counters.
Tokens issued by others are not valid.
- Keep the token tied to your wrist till you finish darshan.
- Do not exchange tokens.
- Do not trust touts.
Special Darshan for the Physically Disabled and the Aged
This special darshan is arranged for the physically disabled and the aged through a separate gate at the Maha Dwaram,the main temple entrance. If necessary, such pilgrims can be accompanied by an attendant.