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Sunday, April 27, 2008

India : Tirumala : Tirupati : Attractions and Excursions - 3

Guys, Sila Thoranam is situated on the Tirumala Hills, this natural rock formation is one of nature's wonders and only one of its kind in Asia. It is a naturally-formed arch of rock, the likes of which can be found only in two other places in the world - Rainbow Arch at Utah in USA and the Cut Through in the UK. The Sila Thoranam arch is believed to be 1500 million years old and formed by weathering and wind erosion. The length of the arch is 25 feet with a height 10 feet.

Swami Pushkarni :

Many of the pilgrims have a dkp in the tank adjacent to the temple at Tirumala, before having a darshan of Lord Venkateswara. The tank is considered sacred. According to legend, it was originally for the sport of Vishnu and was brought down to earth by Garuda for Lord Venkateswara.

Narayanavanam (36 kms) :

This is where the marriage between Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati is said to have taken place. There is a temple dedicated to "Kalyana Venkateswara".

Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary :

Spread over 500 acres, the wildlife sanctuary and national park has a number of species of flora and fauna and provides on ideal leisure spot.

Chandagiri (12 kms) :

The Vijaynagar empire contributed vastly to Telugu culture, art and literature. The last capital of the Vijayanagar king was Chandagiri on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi in Chittoor district. Ruins of the fort exit to this day and amidst them stand the Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal places that have been given a face lift and beautified. The fort atop a huge atop a huge rock that stands 6 meters tall.
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