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.
Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy, is situated 320 Km to the south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu and is blessed with the pious river Kaveri. Estimated to be the 4th largest city in the state, this Hindu Pilgrimage center is well known for the a number of beautiful shrines, which are primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples are popular for its remarkable architectural style merged with the believability of devotees. The most popular temple is the Rock Fort, perched 80 meter upward from the surrounding plains.
Madurai is Known as Athens of the East, Madurai is a place of great historical and cultural importance. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu and Madurai lies on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the liveliest cities in South India it was originally known as Kadambavanam or the "forest of Kadamba" or the Nauclea kadamba.
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