TTD has provided several facilities to help you fulfil your vows in Tirumala.

Thulabharam

Walking up the Hills

Many pilgrims walk up the hills to fulfil vows they have taken, for which TTD has constructed a footpath from Alipiri to Tirumala

TTD provides the following facilities for pilgrims who walk up the hills:

  • Transportation of luggage, free of cost, to Tirumala. Pilgrims will be given a token when they deposit their luggage at any of the choultries in Tirupati, or at the Toll Gate in Alipiri. They can take delivery of their luggage at the Central Reception Office Counter at Tirumala.
  • 1. Divya Darshan facility is provided for pedestrian who come on foot to Tirumala through Gali Gopuram or Srivari Mettu.
  • 2. Bio-metric counters are established on these foot paths, to facilitate free darshan, free accommodation (P.A.C) and free food facilities at Tirumala.
  • Drinking water along the footpath.
  • Toilets
  • Shelters at important points along the way for resting
  • Constant patrol by security forces to prevent pilgrims from being cheated or robbed by unscrupulous elements.
  • Relay of religious programmes through the local broadcasting system.
  • Twenty-four hour medical assistance all along the route.
  • Canteens that supply refreshments.

Tonsuring

KALYANA KATTA COMPLEX, TIRUMALA

 

  • The place where pilgrims fulfil their vows of tonsure is called Kalyanakatta. Over 639 barbers are operating in three batches round the clock at main kalyanakatta, P.A.C.-I, P.A.C.-II, S.P.G.H., S.V.G.H. in addition to these and for the convenience of pilgrim public the following Mini Kalyanakattas are being maintained at Reception areas, Tirumala.

 

Sl.No.

Name of the Mini Kalyanakatta

Timings

Payment / Free

1.

A.N.C. , S.N.G.H., V.S.G.H.

03.00AM TO 09.00PM

 

Rs.10/- per Tonsure

2.

R.B.G.H., S.G.G.H.

H.V.C., T.B.C., P.J.R.H., M.B.C., N.G.G.H., K.T.B.G.H., V.P.G.H., S.M.C.

06.00AM TO 06.00PM

 

  • There are 2 mini Kalyanakattas at Sri Kapileswara Swamy Temple, Tirupati and at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor. The Tonsure here is done free of cost.
  • The Main Kalyanakatta building is equipped with two big Tonsure halls and two side balcony Tonsure Halls with platforms to sit with well-organised queue system. There are four waiting compartments. Antiseptics are mixed with water and applied to the Head before tonsuring to prevent spread of skin-related and other diseases.
  • A computerized system is in place to issue tokens for tonsure.

     

Angapradakshana

Angapradakshanam is a form of fullfillment of oath by the pilgrims, circumbulating on the floor in the Vimana pradakshanam of the main temple.

Pilgrims who wish to undertake the Angapradakshanam will have to bath in the Swami pushkarini, and reach the Main Temple complex by 02:00 hrs ( through a special queue that starts from 300/- special darshan entrance, near ATC . The facility was on all days in the week except on Friday( with effect from 24-1-2014). The devotees are permitted for Swami Darshan.

Pilgrims who vow to perform Angapradakshanam in the srivari temple, are requested to obtain biometric tokens from the Arjitham seva counter (vijaya bank) at Central reception office.

Tulabharam

Tulabharam is a form of offering , wherein a pilgrim offers items such as sugar candy, sugar, rice, jaggery, etc equivalent to his or her weight in the balance placed in front of the padikavali inside the main Temple.

Niluvudopidi

Niluvudopidi is another form of offering where the pilgrim offers the ornaments or other jewels worn on his or her body to the Lord in the srivari Hundi as a part of fullfillment of the vow.