Tirupati-Tirumala DarshanMost of the people visiting Andhra Pradesh, visit Tirupati - one of India's holy places. Millions of devotees visit Tirupati-Tirumala every year and travel long distances to reach this divine place just to get a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara and Goddesses Padmavati.
One can choose the way to reach the temple that is either by walking from the foot hill to top or by a car till the top of the hill. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has made arrangements for the people who prefer walking by making arrangement for water, food, toilet, bhakti channel and devotional music facilities along the path.
TTD has also introduced ticket system to visit the temple along with the free entry. The free entry path is little longer. The paid path is little shorter and has the facility of sitting area along with live darshan telecast. The lines get merge at a point and the walk through towards the temple has staircases going up and down. After the staircase, one reaches the temple of the Lord Venkateshwara. Special entry is for people with diseases listed under handicap, aged, lactating mothers, via Maha Dwaram that is the main entrance of the temple, if needed they can be accompanied with an attendant.
The VIP darshan is also available. At the time when there is a VIP visit to the temple the darshan time of the people in line increases. It takes almost two to three hours to complete the darshan of the huge temple.
The types of Darshan are listed below-
Divya Darshan (for foot walkers)
- Supatham (for lactating mother)
- Sarva Darshanam (free darshan)
- Sheegra Darshan (fast darshan)
- Sudarshanam (Rs.50 /- through e–counters)
Vaikuntam Queue ComplexThe queue of pilgrims crosses numerous big halls to reach the main temple. The path towards the temple has halls with sitting area, toilet and canteens in between for pilgrims to stop and take rest. The complex where the queue gets merged is known as Vaikuntam queue complex. TTD has made available for free food and beverages (tea, milk and coffee) facility for the pilgrims.
Other facilities are listed below-
- Medical - first aid
- Sale of photographs, calendars and other TTD publications
- Closed Circuit Television, through which devotional programmes and music are relayed
- Cloak rooms (entrance)
- Footwear free deposit room (entrance)
- Officers to look after complaints
SarvadarsanamDarshan for all has fixed timings day wise. The timing may vary from 18hours a day to 20hours a day depending on the occasion.
Special Entry Darshan (Seeghra Darshan)Special entry darshan is paid darshan which is Rs.300/- per person per visit. The tickets for Seeghra Darshanm can be purchased from VQC-I in a separate queue on a separate counter. The ticket gives the privilege to the pilgrim to get the Darshan of the Lord directly. The Seeghra Darshan tickets can be purchased on all the Sarva Darshan timings.
The timing of Shegrah darshan and Sarva Darshan are listed below-
Monday: 7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM TO 9:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM TO 9:00 PM
Sunday:7:00 AM TO 9:00 PM
Divya DarshanThe facility for pilgrims who reach the temple on foot or for the pilgrims who covers the distance by walking are-
- Divya Darshan facility (for pilgrims via Gali Gopuram or Srivari Mettu)
- Bio-metric counters on the footpath are to provide facility to the pilgrims like free darshan, free accommodation (P.A.C) and free food facilities at Tirumala.
Sudarshan token SystemAs the temple witnesses millions of devotees, TTD introduced Rs.50/- token system for Darshan and named it as Sudarshanam. This helped in reducing the darshan timing of pilgrims for doing paid and free darshan.
The token can be purchased from-
- Second Choultry (behind the Railway Station),
- Bhudevi Complex,
- Alipiri Tollgate,
- Sreenivasam in Tirupati,
- Srivari Sannidhi, Tirupati,
- RTC Bus stand in Tirupati,
- TTD Information centre
- Renigunta (opposite to the Renigunta Railway Station)
The token issued is valid for a single person for single darshan. The token contains the token number and time of darshan. The pilgrim needs to enter the Vaikuntam Queue Complex at the time mentioned in the token. This has helped TTD in maintaining the record of number of people visited also has helped them manage the crowd.
On the other hand the token system helps the pilgrims reach the temple mentioned on the token without hurry. Most of the pilgrims utilizes the time in visiting the other temples like Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Kapila Teertham (Tirupati), Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple (Tiruchanur) and Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami Temple (Srinivasa Mangapuram).
The numbers of token that can be issued in a day are fixed that is for Sudarshan tokens at most 5000 tokens are issued in a day. The number of tokens issued on Tuesday and Wednesday 2000 perday will be issued from 05:00am
Precautions issued by TTD for Pilgrims are-
- Pilgrims must collect Sudarsanam token only from TTD-run counters. Tokens issued by others are invalid. Do not exchange tokens.
- Do not trust touts.
- Special Darshan for physically disabled and aged