Tirupati is famous for its plethora of temples with The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple crowning them all, making Tirupati one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in the world. As the temple records about 50,000 devotees paying homage everyday and nearly 5 lakh at the times of festivals, the city is always throbbing with the deluge of adherents alighted here from every corner of the world. Tirupati enjoys cosmopolitan culture and reveals the kaleidoscopic population breathing the life of unity and harmony.
The major religion of this city is Hinduism. Tonsure, cutting your hair and offering them at the feet of Lord Venkateswara is the very popular practice performed at the temple. The traditional wears of the natives are Dhoti and Saree, though the torrents of westernization have brought in the modern attires of churidar and pant - shirts. Telugu; the state language is the most spoken tongue, however, other languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English are widely spoken too. The entire city will echo the songs and bhajanas recited in the praise of Lord Venkateswara all the time.
Woodcarvings, Whitewood Toys, Kalamkari, Works on Paper Pulps, Traditional Tanjore Style Gold Leaf Paintings, Devotional Music, Hindu Religious Books & Periodicals, SAPTHAGIRI Magazine, Photos, Idols, Statues of the Deity, Brass Lamps, Souvenirs, Terracotta Products like Pots, Lamps, Face Masks, Toys, Silver Jewelry, Bangles, Bracelets, Anklets, Vermillion in Garish Boxes, Rangoli Stickers, Mud Piggy Banks, etc. are the special items that one can buy as a remembrance of their trip to Tirupati.
The delicious cuisine of this pilgrim hamlet include Tirupati Laddu, Sweet Rice, Halwa, Semia Payasam, Kaja, Shreemal, Andhra Meals loaded with variety of spicy Sambhars, Rasams, Vegetables and Chutneys, Idly, Dosa, Uttapam and Pesarattu that one should not miss tasting. The Prasad Ė the holy food offered to the Lord is distributed for free at the temple. People relish the flavor of devotion at the temple without fail. This is not a place for non vegetarians and you cannot even think about drinking alcohol in the holy abode of the mighty God.
Decorating yourself with flowers is forbidden here as all the flowers are meant for the Lord. Moreover, the devotees donít cover their heads inside the temple with any type of caps or helmets. Brahmotsavam, celebrated for nine days in September and/or October is the most important and auspicious festival here. During this period of festivity, Tirupati sees devotees thronging from around the country and globe. Besides Brahmotsavam, townsfolk also celebrate other Vaishnavite festivals like Janmasthmi, Ram Navmi, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rathasapthami, Gangamma Jathra, etc.