It is exactly a year since I started blogging. Since then I have been thinking of writing on our several visits to Tirumala / Tirupati the abode of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy and post some related photographs. Somehow it always got postponed and is now taking shape in my ‘One hundred and ninety second’ (192nd) post, at the completion of my first year of blogging.
When I was in Praga Tools Limited, a Government of India, Ministry of Defence Undertaking I was eligible for an annual Earned-leave of 33 days to be availed in one go. I was with this Company for 21 years and in all these years I went to Tirupati with my family during my annual leave. Of course even after leaving this Company I have gone to Tirupati regularly. Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy is called ‘Kaliyuga GOD’ that is the GOD of present times who is very merciful and is fulfilling the wishes of everyone who prays him. The GOD here is so popular that the pilgrims with their vow-fulfillments and thanksgiving offerings make this Temple the richest in the country. The Temple is on Tirumala Hills at Tirupati town in AP State. It is a beautiful place. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams which is in-charge of the Temples in Tirupati and Tiruamala is maintaining the Temples, the rituals there and all the arrangements for pilgrims like accommodation and food to the best of their ability. Tirupati is well connected by Rail, Road and Air. Every day a minimum of 30 thousand pilgrims visit Tirumala.
My visits to Tirumala / Tiruapati have been both for religious purpose and as a peaceful holiday at this sacred place. With this Part-1 article on Tirupati I am mostly posting photographs of our trips to Tirupati in large groups of our family / extended family. I am sure these photographs would remind family members of the nice time we had during those trips and make them happy. I hope the followers of my blog would also find the photographs interesting. I shall write on Tirumala / Tirupati in more detail in my next few posts.