Alipiri Padala Mandapam or
Alipiri is the place at foot of seven hills
in Tirupati, the pilgrim city of Sri
Venkateswara Swami, in the state
of Andhra Pradesh, India. One Footstep way and two road ways, one up
and one down, leading to
Tirumala through seven hills starts from
Alipiri and hence it got the name "The Gate Way to Tirumala
In older days pilgrims used to climb all the seven hills only through
the stepped way on foot, as there was no other option. Hence the
pilgrims came from long distances used to take rest for some time
there, cooked their food, eat there. After taking rest they started to
climb the steps.
Nowadays all the stepped way is covered with roof to protect the
pilgrims from sun light and rain. The lights are also provided.
Special privilege is provided to the pilgrims who came on foot for the
visit of the god.
2.1 Srivari Padala Mandapam
2.2 Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple
2.3 Sri Vinayaka Swamy Temple
5 Sapthagiri Security Zone
6 Reference lists
Alipri literally mean resting place.
Alipiri Padala mandapam-Gopuram, Tirupati
Srivari Padala Mandapam
Srivari Padala Mandapam is a temple dedicated to Lord
Alipiri. The presiding deity is referred to Padala Vennkateswara
Swamy. As per legend Lord
Venkateswara after Ekantha seva at
Tirumala will come visit his consort Padamavati at Tiruchanur, down
the hill through
Alipiri Steps path and will leave his footwear at
this place and hence the name "Padala Mandapam"(Telugu : Padalu
refers to Foot). Devotees going on
Tirumala Yatra from Tirupati
will offer prayers here first by carrying "Srivari Padukalu"(believed
to be footwear worn by Lord
Venkateswara himself) on their heads.
The temple comes under Sri GovindarajaSwamy Temple circle and is being
Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple
There is sub-temple dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayana in the Alipiri
Padala Mandapam Temple complex which lies east of Padala Mandapam. The
temple entrance and the deity faces towards west. It has sub-shrine
dedicated for Andal.
Sri Vinayaka Swamy Temple
There is also temple dedicated to Lord
Ganesha in the
Mandapam Temple complex which lies on the 2nd Ghat Road leading from
Tirupati to Tirumala. Devotees going by Road will offer prayers at
this temple before starting
Alipiri Foot steps leading to Tirumala
There is an ancient footsteps path to Tirumala, that starts from
Alipiri known as
Alipiri Metlu. The Devotees to fulfil their Vow to
Venkateswara will take this path to reach
Tirumala on foot from
Tirupati. It consists of a total 3550 Steps which makes a distance of
11 km.There are Four Gopurams(Temple Towers) on the way. It is
completely roofed and passes through seven hills which are part of
All vaishnavite festivals will be celebrated at Padalamandapam Temple
which includes Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rathasapthami.
Metlotsavam is the festival which will be held once in three months,
Alipiri footsteps leading to Tirumala. It is organised by Dasa
sahitya project under
Tirupati Devasthanams. The festival
includes group of devotees taking a trek to
Tirumala singing spiritual
Sapthagiri Security Zone
At Alipiri, a security zone was established, in 2009, to screen
vehicles and pilgrims entering Tirumala, to safeguard the hills from
terrorists and anti-social elements.
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^ "By Walk to
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Tirumala on Foot". Metlotsavam ends on a grand note.
^ "New security set-up at Alipiri". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
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