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The sacred abode of Lord Venkateswara and the busiest and wealthiest pilgrim destination in the whole world - Tirupati is the most precious jewel in the crown of Indian Pilgrimage and Tourism. Tirupati, the seventh largest city of Andhra Pradesh is located at the footings of Eastern Ghats in Chittoor district. The literal meaning of the word Tirupati is, ‘The Lord of Lakshmi’. Renowned world wide for the auspicious shrine of Lord Venkateswara, worshipped as Lord Balaji in North India and revered by the name of Lord Govinda in South, Tirupati draws millions of devotees every year.
The holy temple of Lord Venkateswara, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji is perched at the top of Tirumala Hills which is nearly 3200 feet above the sea level. The Tirumala Hills, the second oldest rock mountains in the world altogether has seven peaks which is why it is also known by the name Saptagiri. Saptagiri represents the seven hoods of Adisesha: the celestial serpent on whose coil the Lord Vishnu relaxes in Vaikuntha. The blessed temple is nestled on the seventh peak named Venkatadri.
The city Tirupati majestically skirting the foothills of Tirumala is always throbbing with the devotees and tourists who arrive here full of devotion and hope. The city never sleeps since the devotees start queuing from the late hours of midnight as the first Seva in the temple is offered at 3 am in the morning. Tirupati Balaji, the Lord of seven Hills receives the highest amount of revenue in the form of offerings and contributes a major part in the economy of the state. The city itself boasts of many temples and that’s why it is considered as one of the foremost pilgrim centers both for the Indian people and the globe trotters. One of the most visited pilgrimage city – Triupati is regarded to be a leading economical and educational hub of Southern part of Indian Peninsula.