Tirupati is a major pilgrimage city located in the Chittoor district and seventh biggest city of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 550 kilometres south of Hyderabad, the capital of the state, 250 kilometres east of Bangalore, and 150 kilometres north of Chennai.
Tirupati is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, located about 10 kilometres north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills at an elevation of 853 metres. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world.
Thiruvannamalai, the divine place of Lord Shiva, with the majestic and divine Mountain Arunachala, signifies the element fire. Thus in Tamil, it is known as the "Agni Stalam" Agni means fire and "Stala" means "Throne" in Sanskrit is compared to the mighty Brinadeeshwara temple in Tanjore. The fact, this temple is larger than the Brihadeeshwara. Many tamil poets have praised this town to the fullest. According to sources, no one still knows who built the great temple with such great devotion.
Kumbakonam, called the temple city of South India is situated in Thanjavur District in Tamilnadu. Kumbakonam is not only known for its temples, but also for the carved panchloha idols, brasswares, silk and betel leaves. The mahamaham festival is celebrated once in 12 years near the mahamaham tank with outmost enthusiasm. Kumbakonam is a temple town filled with history, culture and heritage.
Trichy is also known as Trichy / Tiruchirappalli / Tiruchirapalli / Tiruchirapally. Trichy is located on the Cauvery river banks. It is the fourth biggest city of Tamil Nadu and a flourishing commercial hub. Trichy is an important place for tourism and has a fine blend of temples and monuments including Sri Rangam, Rock Fort, Samayapuram, Thiruvanai Kovil etc.
Kanchipuram is known as one of India’s Seven Sacred cities. Kanchipuram was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th Century A.D. and later become the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslims and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning and culture and religious background for centuries. Kanchi is also a well known centre of the finest silk sarees made in the country.
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