The twin cities in Seshachal Mountain Ranges and its valley is the Land of Festivities, around the year, every moment and for all devoid of cast and creed for thousands of years. Tirumala, where on earth hath a shelter to all and food for every one, every time is revisited by millions as like returning to one's ancestral home with such warmth of family reunion in the abode of Sri Venkateswara Swami, the preceding deity of this richest shrine in the whole world. Preexist to time immemorial and passing through all yugas and incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu, Tirumala rules time and tides in Sevas and Darsans and the Lord manifests into every one's dream for a perfect dwelling place to live at least for once in a life time. The more the visit or Darsan the more he purifies his karma through Sevas.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is the supreme authority above the hills and its base camps down the trekking paths besides all pilgrim centers near Tirupati Railway Station who manages and controls all actions associated with crowd management, allocation of rest rooms, setting time and date for each and sundry to do hassle free darshan through online booking and issue of various seva tickets for respective rituals and accommodate no vendors or middlemen to maintain transparency. First come first served is the priority for both online and counter services. Food is served free, luggage is carried up hill free of cost and delivered at the very single delivery counter close to EAST GATE where you can deposit mobiles, hand bags, valuables free of cost. Enter east gate towards the temple and you are at the Anjaneya Temple from where get an orientation to identify your navigation. While you face Sri Venkatesvara Temple you are orienting towards WEST from the EAST Side of the temple, ie the Temple faces the rising sun. Free Comfort station is on the SOUTH GATE STREET adjacent to Kalyanakatta where your family can bath, rest and sleep under one roof as commoners do in pilgrimage. Free tea, coffee and milk is served at various TTD kiosks and hoteliers’ charge should be checked before you order. Tonsure of hair at Kalyanakatta is done free against the token issued by TTD and no charges or daksinas. Swami Pushkarani is towards the NORTH Gate so close to temple with bath ghats and changing rooms. On this way North Hate on right side beyond swami Pushkarani is Anna Prasada or Food as Prasada free of cost any time you want to have it from morning till midnight. The temple of Sri Varaha Swami Temple where one ought to pray before Sri Balaji is on the left side here. At West gate area, entry to temple is channelized through various queues and Bio Metric Identification is Mandatory for Temple Entry and Subsequent Darshan. If you are staying down at Tirupati, always remember the Ghat Road reminds closed after midnight till early morning for safety measures for the plying buses.
Tirupati Laddu, as the devotees call it, queuing up to bring it home is as auspicious as darshan in Tirumala. But its making remained some what a mystery to those pilgrims who long to have it in return were amazed to see it on National Geographic Channel’s series on India’s Mega Kitchens. Its sacredness in making, mixing up of ingredients in its pure form and the rituals associated with the offering is brilliantly covered in this video premiered on air some time back and now streaming in youtube with millions of views.
Tirumala Limniace Exoticus, Oriental Blue Tiger
Thanks to Afforestation programs, blooming flowers in the Sheshachalam Slopes of Tirumala Bio reserve and well maintained TTD Garden above, the green stretch of seven hills becomes the safe breeding haven for Tirumala Limniace Exoticus, oriental blue tiger class of butterflies commonly seen in Eastern and Western Ghats.