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About Tirupati

In India, Tirupati is one of the ancient cities. The city is specially known for the ancient temples of which the temple of Tirupati is the mostly visited religious place. The city is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple of Tirupati is built in the foothills of the Tirumala Hills. This temple is very popular among the devotees and the tourists who visit this temple from different states of India and abroad.

The Tirupati Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara who is also popularly worshiped as Balaji. Sometimes, he is also referred as Lord Srinivas. The temple town surrounding this holy temple area is known as Tirumala – Tirupati. The Greater Tirupati that was constructed very recently extends for an area of about 1400 km from Srikalahasti to the Puttur. The temple of Lord Venkateshwara is maintained by an autonomous trust known as Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).

Tonsuring or shaving one's head is one of the rituals that the devotees of Venkateshwara follows after visiting this holy temple. This ritual has descended after the Vaishnavite tradition. Offering one's hair to Lord symbolizes shedding one's ego. The act of tonsuring is done by barbers at the Kalyana Katta, built near the temple.

Tirupati is a city in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipal corporation and the headquarters of Tirupati (urban) mandal, and of the Tirupati revenue division.
As of 2011 census, it had a population of 287,035, making it the ninth most populous city in Andhra Pradesh.
It is the seventh most urban agglomerated city in the state, with a population of 459,985.
Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, besides other historical temples, and is referred to as the "Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh".

Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. For the year 2012-13, India's Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the "Best Heritage City".


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