Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (Tirumala temple) in India

Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (Tirumala temple)
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Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (Tirumala temple), in Tirumala, India.

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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (Telugu: తిరుమల వేంకటేశ్వర దేవాలయం) also known as Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara located in the hill town Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Venkatachalam hill that forms part of the seven hills of Tirumala and hence the temple is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills (Edukondalu in Telugu). The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara is also known by other names - Balaji or Srinivasa.
According to the legend, the temple has a self manifested murti of Lord Vishnu with the lord believed to reside here for the entire Kali Yuga. The temple is the most visited Hindu place of worship and is the world's second richest in terms of the offerings made by pilgrims to the God[1] and gifts given by visiting pilgrims. The temple is visited by about 60,000 pilgrims daily while on special occasions and festivals, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 200,000 making the temple the second most visited holy place after the Vatican annually.
In Vaishnava tradition, the temple is considered as one of the 108 Divya Desam sites.


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Koehl, Dan (2021). Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (Tirumala temple), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=1159. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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