Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh , Chittoor
Located at Tirupati, Govindaraja Swami Temple is dedicated to Lord Govindaraja Swami, the brother of Lord Venkateswara. It is the biggest temple in Tirupati. The temple houses two main shrines : the shrine to the north is dedicated to Lord Govindaraja Swamy and the shrine to the south to Sri Parthasarathi.
According to the legends, during the time of invasion, the idol of Sri Govindaraja Swamy was brought to Tirupati for safety. After the invasion, the idol was taken back to Chidambaram. One day Sri Ramanuja had a vision of Sri Govindaraja Swamy, in which the lord asked him to make arrangements for the Lord to reside in Tirupati. Next day, Sri Ramanuja went to the King and explained everything. They went to the place Sri Ramanuja saw in his dreams....View more
To their surprise, they found an idol at that place. Ramanuja advised the king to built a temple for Lord Ramanuja at that place. Thus the temple came into existence.
The temple was built according to the ancient South Indian architecture. The temple has a seven storeys outer Gopuram that dates back to 14th -15th century. The inner Gopuram holds a decorative courtyard with a spaciousinner stone hall.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
Timings : The temple opens at 5:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM.
The temple remains open at these timings : 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM, 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM.
Devotees are advised to dress appropriately. Neat and conservative clothing is preferred.
Tirumala is the hill town in Tirupati, famous for its pilgrimage centres. It is a temple town and Hinduism is the only religion in the area. Tirupati known as the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh, is famous for its laddoo which is the prasadam at the Venkateswara temple.
GS Mada St, Varadaraja Nagar, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517501
Tirupati is well connected by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is Tirupati Airport which is 13 km from the temple. The nearest railway station is Tirupati Station. Cab services, bus and auto are easily accessible.
The daily rituals in this temple are performed according to "Vaikhanasa Agama". Suprabatham : 5:00 AM to 5:30 AM
Vishwaroopa Darshnam : 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM
Thomalaseva : 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Sahasranama Archana : 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Archana Anantara Darshanam : 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Sarvadarshanam : 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Break ( Sudhi) : 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ekantha Seva : 9:00 PM
Archana to the Lord.
On every Saturdays, the temple is decorated with deepams.