My Visit to Tirupathi – 2014


Last month, my Husband and I visited India to attend his Nephew’s marriage. We left USA on March 9th, making sure we finished our Beloved Rayaru’s b-day celebration. We landed early morning on March 11th. My Husband had decided that he would take me to Tirupathi at any cost.

The marriage was on March 18th, 19th and 20th. On Thursday March 20th evening, we left to Tirupathi by the ITDC bus. We took the bus around 9.00 PM at Jaynagar 4th block. The bus took us to Majestic, and we had to change bus. The Luxury bus was jam packed. It reached Tirupathi at 3.00 AM on Friday morning. They have rooms reserved for each family, and we were given an hour to take shower and get ready. The cost was Rs1800/ for each one of us.

We were later taken to the Padmavathi Temple at 4.00 AM.  This is the only place we had to take a ticket for Rs.25/. There wasn’t any queue here, and we came back to the Hotel at 5.30 AM. We were taken to a dinning hall and given breakfast which included Idli, Dosa, Pongal, And Kesaribath.

We were taken to Tirumala using the TTD buses. There is lot of security. We were on top of the hills in Tirumala by 7.00 AM. The ITDC guide helps everyone put away their shoes, and also valuables. We were first taken to the Sree Varaha Swamy Temple. We were in the Queue for about 30 minutes, and once the darshan was over, we were asked to wait in Queue near the Rs.300/ door. There were many people waiting here for the door’s to open. The ITDC guide gives the ticket for everyone.The ITDC also collects all the Ladoos, and if you pay extra buys additional Ladoos as well.

Once the door opens the madness begins. The crowd for no reason goes crazy, and people were pushing, jumping on barriers. It is mind boggling, and I am scared of crowds and in general when people push. My Husband was trying to shield me as much as possible. Within 45 minutes of this maddening crowd, we were in front of Our Lord Venkateshwara. I couldn’t believe I was seeing the Lord. My Husband being very tall could see the Lord from a long Distance. I could see him only when I came in the front. And as I was trying to see him, the volunteers hold your arm and just push you out of sight.

Within seconds I was out of the temple, and even though I could see the Lord, was very very disappointed. I couldn’t imagine all the trouble we had taken, were over and we couldn’t even see him for a few seconds. It was Friday, and exam week in India. There wasn’t much crowd either. So, why were these volunteers pushing us around. I guess that’s how TTD temple is, right?

Anyway, I was lucky to see him at least for a few seconds during this visit. Not complaining there.

By 11.30 AM everyone had their Darshan, we were brought back down to Tirupathi, had lunch which again was arranged by ITDC. We left around 1.30 PM, and reached Bangalore at 6.30 PM.

An amazing trip you should take if you are time constrained. How do you all visit Tirupathi? Do you feel the same disappointment that you are not even allowed a few seconds to see the Lord even when there isn’t any crowd? Share your thoughts.


34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Velpuri Venkateswara rao on April 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What to do Mam. Everyone has to get dharshan. Thanks for sharing your experience.


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Oh yes, I do understand that. However, like I mentioned there wasn’t any queue or rush. Normal darshan which happens in 3-4 hours took 45 mins. That’s why I am disappointed. Trust me, the people who gave money in the hands of the volunteers were not pushed. Is that correct?


  2. Posted by Nagaraju Sri T.T on April 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Meera Madam, ? To control heavy rush we (TTD) left with no option. I have already told you that please remember me for Darshan. I could have made you to see smiley face of my Lord Srinivasa. Now also think that, it is not that you are getting Darshan. It is the Darshan which he gives. Regards, Nagaraju.


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I actually wanted to call you, however since the trip was very short and very tight there was no way. Next time I come to India, will definitely give you a call.


    • Posted by Jaya on July 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Harshsha,

      I read your mesg here. I am visiting Tirupati next week. Can you help me get the darshan without hassles.


  3. Posted by harshasbc on April 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Meera Madam your next visit you can take darshna without any Q take your passport with stamped go 11:30 AM time you will get Free darshana and instant


  4. Posted by harshasbc on April 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    11:30 to 12:15
    below 1 Year child parents
    NRI and NRI childs
    within 24 hours married couple
    get Free and instant darshana


  5. Posted by Dr. Arniker Hamsa and Prof. G.Vedaparayana on April 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    i reside in tirupati and mu husband is a retired professor of philosophy presently professor emeritus. we have our own house here and settled here. please do visit us during your next visit


  6. Posted by murali on April 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

    while that is how it is in tirupathi spare a thought for those devotees who when they get near the LORD they close their EYES out of BHAKTI OR AWE during those couple of seconds when they open their eyes they would have been pushed out nimage matthomme olleya darrushana bhaagya sigali


  7. Posted by Prahlad.K. on April 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Meera avare,Naham karta Hari Karta.Timmappa nammanu karesikolluttane.Darshanavannoo koduttane.3-4 seconds athava 3-4 nimisha.Idu nanna anubhava.


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Completely agree.I was disappointed when I came out, couldn’t remember at all how our Lord was.


  8. Posted by sbp on April 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

    ma’m..i also have had many such darshans… pushing and rushing… now i question the very fact of going to tirupathi… if god is everywhere, why to go to a place where they push and rush…? where there is no time to think about god? not hurting any sentiments, but this is my personal belief…i would prefer to go to a small temple and sit peacefully and meditate…


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Indeed correct, the only reason we go there is Lord Venkateshwara is literally standing there, exactly the same reason why we go to Mantralaya. We have wonderful Lord Venkateshwara here in Pittsburgh, we go there quite often and it is just like Tirupathi.


  9. Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Yourself decide to move away

    -original message- Subject: [New post] My Visit to Tirupathi – 2014


  10. Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Meera avare, Some say, a currency note firmly held in-between fingers visible only to volunteers as you chant govinda….could have enabled you to have lord’s darshan till you decide to move away Â¥ -original message- Subject: [New post] My Visit to Tirupathi – 2014


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Yes, I saw that. But it is cheating directly in front of our Lord when he is watching us straight in the eye, right?


  11. I am very happy about Tirupati Dharshan for few seconds. This has happened to all those who has not gone for VIP Dharshan. You can get Break Dharshan”that cost Rs.500/- per person, the ticket, you can get it through some influence people there. Even if you see God in one second, he will remember your arrival to see him, when you go next time, please get the ticket like break dharshan from influence people, there you can see god few minutes instead of second.


  12. Hello Ma’am,

    Happy that you got a Darshana. For me the Tirupati experience is about how much sadhana we have to do to see Him for two seconds. Now extrapolate it to realize Him. 🙂



  13. Posted by Sumant Kerur on April 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Hello Meera,

    Thanks for the post. I haven’t been to Tirupati however I’ve been to Prati Balaji temple which is around 25 kms from Pune on the Pune Bangalore highway. It is built just like the Balaji temple in Tirupati. Many people visit here daily however you can have a complete darshan till you are satisfied. There is also Lakshmi and Padmavati temple in the same premises. Very clean and well guarded. It is built by Venkateshwara Hatcheries group and is very well managed.

    Of course Balaji temple in Tirumala is the right place for darshana however, you can visit this place also sometime and make a short visit.


  14. Posted by Archana on April 16, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Last fortnight even i had gone to Tirupati along with my family, We stay in Mumbai, so we went to Bengaluru first and then we proceeded to Tirupati, Actually, we went on foot from Alipiri to Tirumala, The journey was fantastic, 3550 steps, 11 km distance,we felt as if we walked in our dreams, after that we had to wait for 7 hrs in the Divya Darshan Q complex for Darshan as there was huge rush that day, but, i must say , the TTD arrangements were superb, we were served food and hot milk every 2 hrs, and after all this , we got to see the lord only for few seconds, amidst so much of pushing and jostling , but worth every second!! i could not control my tears on seeing the lord, such is the mahima of our Tirupati Timmappa!!


  15. Posted by gururaja j r on April 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

    similar thing happened to me also. it is really horrible that we take such long journey to see the lord, we are not allowed to see him for a few seconds


  16. Posted by Revathi Srinivas on May 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Thanks Meera Madam for sharing your experience with us. It is indeed a very good pre-trip article that everyone need to read . Can more readers share their tips on how to get a satisfactory darshanam. NRI darshanam is really a good tip. Thanks to harsha too.


  17. Posted by Meera on May 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Meera,

    I had the same feeling when I went. Very aniticlimactic. I have only been twice. Once in my teens and the last time after I had had my first child – a gap of almost 20 years between visits. Having been born and brought up in England and now living in America, the first visit was a shock to the senses. I did wonder why people would make the (at that time) very long trip from Bangalore by bus to not even have a few seconds in front of God. And to have to pay extra to some self important person to enjoy the sight of God for a few more extra seconds is wrong. I understand that there are a lot of visitors and devotees but I do not want to be pulled and prodded like cattle. Everyone shrugs it off and says – that is the Indian way but that is not a good excuse. The second time I went, my eldest daughter was just 2 years old. I was carrying her the whole time so she would not get trampled. We are all there to enjoy God’s Darshan – you will get it when God deems it is your turn, people should act with more decorum. Anyway, we have a wonderful Balaji Temple here in Aurora, IL where they do a fantastic job for the Alankaram and allowing people to just be and take in God’s wonderful presence. Saying all that I would go to Tirupathi again with fewer expectations and soak up the fact that Sri Venkateshwara Swamy chose that place on earth


  18. @meeraghu, you have shared a very fine blog where you have nicely jotted down your experience. I am surprised that they take Rs 25/- for the Padmavati temple. Long queues are kind of common in temples of India. People from abroad find it a bit odd.


  19. Posted by shubha on April 4, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I was reading thru this…..lord makes us fonder more for him….though technology gas reached great heights….lord darshanam…is durlabha…i too think about this…we should have done…srukrutham…to get few more minutes of darshan….did u observe that once u r out…u even dont get to remember the Lord statue properly…everytime i go i think that this time i should remember so that home i csn close my eyes and remember….but it never happens. ..those who go with jeeyar swami….male folks of our community….get around 45 mins of darshan….i usually tell me bro….i wouldnt mind to join as volunteer…so that atleast during saying “jagudandi”…i get to see my lord….those who live in tirumalai are punya jeevi…om namo narayanaya…


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