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Review of Tirumala Temple

Tirumala Temple
Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Tirupati
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 31, 2014

THE Temple is open all year round.the MONTHS of NOV. TO MARCH would be ideal.Once you get down at Tirupati railway station,the taxi fellows will keep on asking you,you take your time, and ask one of the fellows, to take you to a nearby decent hotel, and there after freshnening up, say a wait of around one and half hour, ask him to take you from there to the Tirumala temple, which is 25 k.m. from tirupati town, ask him to drop you and put you in the queue for rs.300/ darshan queue.This entire thing , he will ask you to pay rs.600, which is reasonable.Before getting in to the queue, ask him to show you a place to put your shoes, which is a free service provided by the temple authorities.Once in the queue, you keep on moving forward, till the counter to pay rs.300/ fee, per devotee, will come,there you make the payment and they will give you two counterfoils per devotee, one for the darshan and one for two laddus per devotee.As per the rush,you will have to wait in the queue and finally, you will come face to face with the LORD VISHNUJI.During this entire waiting time, there are facilities for the drinking water/bathrom and toilet facilities.you will get a few seconds only(one to two seconds) for praying before the GOD,so concentrate on your prayer, there will be lot of pushing around.WISH YOU A HAAPY DARSHAN.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

I have visited Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirumala on 31st January, Friday. Since we haven't planned well in advance, we had to opt for Seeghra Darshanam, the ticket costs Rs.300 per head and the you get two laddus free. Many of the reviewers were of the view that Fridays are busiest days at temple.

We reached Tirumala at about 5 am and then went had to wait till 6 am for the room allotment, since we had nothing else to do in the mean time, we went for tonsuring at Sri VarahaSwamy Guest House-I which is close to the Anna Prasadam Complex. The place was clean then and we finished tonsuring it within 10 minutes. We then got our accommodation at 6:15 AM at Panchajanyam guest house. We took bath and reached the Seeghra Darshanam queue at 7 10 AM. Since, it was friday, the Seeghra Darshanam opens only at 9 30 AM as there are lots of sevas planned that day and also VIP darshan is also there. But it is highly advisable to reach the queue line by 7 AM to ensure quick darshan (relatively).The volunteers provide you regularly with something to eat like puliogre or pongal and also with milk at regular intervals before reaching the temple complex. There are amenities for drinking water at specified points int the queue. Darshan with Rs.50 ticket is much quicker compared to Seeghra Darshanam, they started by 10:15 AM and came out by 12: 30 PM (roughly 2 hrs).

We reached the Seeghra Darshanam ticket counter after taking a circuitous route in the queue by 10 AM and then on the way to darshan we had to wait about 30 mins in one of the galleries. After that the queue was moving though at a lesser pace. The entry to the main temple was also smooth, they have luckily joined us into a queue without taking a longer route (which saved 5-10 mins) and we entered the Sanctum Sanctorum directly at about 12 PM. The crowd just outside the Sanctum Sactorum was slightly unmanageable but once we entered inside the crowd was moving slowly but steadily and we luckily had a chance to see the idol for about a minute and a half, which usually doesn't happen (you get to watch it for a couple of seconds usually). Overall the Darshan was very satisfactory and is worth the wait :).

There are prasadam counters after the darshan and after you proceed outside the complex, you can visit the laddu counters to get the free laddus and in case you need additional laddus, you can take a 100 rs ticket for 4 laddus at the laddu counters.

3  Thank Rajivbits
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

went in early morning on weekdays, this helped us as done with darshan within 1 hour 45 mins...
Overall arrangement / management is best...

1  Thank amitpatil0208
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Twice last year visited Tirupathi/Tirumala and the serene location itself is a pride. Taking stairs all the way up to Tirumala is even more healthy I believe but at its on the almighty's grace, when again!

2  Thank Elitevenkat
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Its a wonderful feeling to be there...

pros: systematic, hygienic, holy,

cons: everything seems to money minded, those priests at small temples which you will encounter during your parikrama around teh temple prompt you to put money in their plate when giving blessing.

2  Thank Prachi B
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