|• Member of Parliament||Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli|
|• City||24 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||161 m (528 ft)|
|• Density||12,000/km2 (31,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||AP 03|
|Website||Tirupati Mucnicipal Corporation|
Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and cultural city in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the largest urban agglomeration in the Rayalaseema region. It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Chennai, 250 kilometres (160 mi) from Bengaluru, 349 kilometres (217 mi) from Vijayawada and 550 kilometres (340 mi) from Hyderabad. It is one of the richest pilgrimage cities of any religious faith in the world. For the year 2012-13,Ministry of Tourism (India) selected Tirupati for the prestigious Best Heritage City award recognising city's tourism potentiality.
The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of 853 metres (2,799 ft). Revered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites, the temple draws 25-35 million pilgrims every year making it the busiest pilgrimage center in the world. It is the second richest Hindu temple in the world after Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
As per Anthropological Survey of India, the word Tirupati is derived from the Tamil words. Where Tiru means Divine or Holy and Pathi meaning "Husband or Lord". The sangam poet mamulanar refers Tirupati in his poem as Pullikundram.
The town was an established center of Vaishnavism around 5th century A.D. during which it was praised by Alvars. The temple rites were formalized by the Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya in the 11th century AD. Tirupati survived the Muslim and British invasions. During the Muslim invasion of South India, the deity of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam was brought to Tirupati for safekeeping.
The temple was built and upgraded in parts by various kingdoms. The inscriptions in the temple were found in Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages of which majority are in Tamil followed by Kannada and a few in Telugu  which specify the contributions of the Pallava Kingdom around 9th Century AD, Chola Kingdom around 10th century AD and the Vijayanagara Empire in 14th century AD. During 15th century, Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya sung many songs in praise of holy town in Telugu. He compared it to be divine, including the rocks, streams, trees, animals, and adds that it is heaven on the earth. One of those songs include:
kaTTedura vaikunTamu kANAchaina konDa
teTTalAya mahimalE tirumala konDa ||
vEdamulE Silalai velasinadi konDa
yEdesa puNya rAsulE yErulainadi konDa
gAdili brahmAdi lOkamula konalu konDa
Sree dEvuDunDETi SEshAdri konDa ||
“ Tirumala, in all its right, is heaven. Its powers are indescribable.The Vedas have taken the form of rocks and appeared on Tirumala. Holiness has taken the form of water and is flowing as streams on Tirumala. Its holy peaks are Brahmaloka and other lokas. Srinivasa lives on Seshadri. ”
As of 2011[update] Census of India, the city had a population of 287,035. The total population constitute, 145,977 males and 141,058 females — a sex ratio of 966 females per 1000 males, higher than the national average of 940 per 1000. 24,643 children are in the age group of 0–6 years, of which 12, 869 are boys and 11,744 are girls. The average literacy rate stands at 87.55% (male 92.74%; female 82.21%), significantly higher than the national average of 73%. The Urban agglomeration had a population of 459,985, of which males constitute 231,456, females constitute 228,529 — a sex ratio of 987 females per 1000 males and 41,589 children are in the age group of 0–6 years. There are a total of 356,558 literates with an average literacy rate of 85.22%.
Administration and Politics
Municipal Corporation of Tirupati oversees the administration of the city. Tirupati was constituted to municipality on 01, April, 1886 and it was upgraded as second grade municipality on 01.10.1962. Tirupati municipality was upgraded into a first grade municipality on 12, December, 1965, special grade municipality on 13, February, 1970 and selection grade municipality on 07, October, 1998. Tirupati Municipality was upgraded as a municipal corporation (Tirupati Municipal Corporation) on 02, March, 2007. The area of the municipal corporation at the time of formation was 16.59 square kilometres (6.41 sq mi). The area was expanded in July, 2013 to 24 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi).Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) is the planning authority. Tirupati is part of Tirupati (Lok Sabha constituency).
Telugu is the official language while Tamil is also spoken due to the large number of visiting pilgrims. Hinduism is the major religion and most of the temples in Tirupati are of Dravidian architecture.
The celebrates all major Hindu festivals including Deepavali, Sankranti, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Janmashtami with great splendor, while the Brahmotsavam celebrated every year during September is the most important festival in Tirumala when it receives millions of devotees over a short span of a week. Rathasapthami is another festival, celebrated during February, when Lord Venkateswara's idol is taken in a procession around the temple chariots. Tirupati also celebrates a carnival(Jathara) Tirupati Ganga Jatara, held during second week of May every year. This is a week long festival where Goddess Gangamma(Grama Devatha) is worshiped.
Monsoon remains moderate and summer experiences temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. In winter the minimum temperatures will be between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. Usually summer lasts from March to June, with the advent of rainy season in July, followed by winter which lasts till the end of February.The city experiences maximum rainfall in November during northeast monsoon season.
|Climate data for Tirupati, India|
|Average high °C (°F)||29.9
|Average low °C (°F)||18.7
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||17.9
|Source: Indian Meteorological Department|
Sri Hari bus station is one of the largest in the state and has direct bus services to major towns across South India. There is a bus terminal at Alipiri for buses to Tirumala. A number of buses are operated by government operator APSRTC and private operators connecting Tirupati to other major cities and towns such as Chennai, Vellore, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Bangalore. Due to its proximity with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, buses from KSRTC, TNSTC, SETC also operate to Tirupati. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam runs free buses from Railway station and Central bus stand to Alipiri for the benefit of pilgrims.
Tirupati Main is the primary railway station serving the city. The station has 5 platforms. Tirupati is well connected to major cities across India including Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad. It is also connected to Chennai Suburban Railway's North Line. Renigunta Junction which lies on the Chennai - Mumbai rail corridor is 15 km away from Tirupati main station.other stations in the city include Chandragiri,Tirupati West,Tiruchanur.
Tirupati Airport is located 15 km from the city center and has regular flights to Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. The closest international airport is Chennai International Airport which is 130 km (81 mi) from Tirupati. There are plans to upgrade the airport to international status and work is in progress.
Places of interest
- Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
- Alamelu Mangapuram Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
- Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati
- Sri Kodanda Rama swamy Temple, Tirupati
- Kalyana Venkateswara temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram
- Padala Mandapam (Alipiri) temple
- Thathayagunta Gangamma temple
- Kapila Theertham
- Chandragiri Fort and archaeological museum
- Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, the second largest zoo park in Asia 
- Regional Science Center and planetarium
Tirupati is a major educational hub in Andhra Pradesh. There are several peculiar universities and colleges including state government and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam sponsored medical, pharmacy, agricultural and engineering colleges in the city. Majority of them are named after preseiding deity of Tirupati temple, Lord Venkateswara and his concert Goddess Padmavati.
- Sri Venkateswara University established in 1954.
- Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam is a dedicated women's university situated in Tirupati.
- Medical colleges include Sri Venkateswara Medical College, and Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women. Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences(SVIMS) is also a medical institute noted for conducting various DM, MCh, MD courses.
- Sri Venkateswara Vedic University to preserve, foster and promote oral traditions of Vedic, Agamic and Cognate Literature, with focus on right intonations.
- Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, a University established for higher learning in Sanskrit studies, Traditional Sastras and Pedagogy.
- Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University to strengthen education and services in the fields of Veterinary Science, Dairy Technology and Fishery Science in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
- A culinary institute sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism (India) is located at Tirupati.
The city is set to get an Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research(IISER) which were alloted by Government of India to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Telugu newspapers – Andhra Bhoomi, Saakshi, Eenadu, Vaartha, Andhra Jyothi, Andhra Prabha, Tamil newspapers - Dinamalar, Dinakaran, Daily Thanthi and English newspapers – Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, The Hans India are available in the city. Devotional channel SVBC is telecasted from Tirumala. Tirupati has All India Radio station and is served by FM stations like 92.7 Big FM, 93.5 Red FM.
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