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Alipiri
Alipiri
Padala Mandapam or Alipiri
Alipiri
is the place at foot of seven hills in Tirupati, the pilgrim city of Sri Venkateswara
Venkateswara
Swami, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. One Footstep way and two road ways, one up and one down, leading to Tirumala
Tirumala
through seven hills starts from Alipiri
Alipiri
and hence it got the name "The Gate Way to Tirumala Venkateswara
Venkateswara
Temple[1] 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
Special
privilege is provided to the pilgrims who came on foot for the visit of the god.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Temples

2.1 Srivari Padala Mandapam 2.2 Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple 2.3 Sri Vinayaka Swamy Temple

3 Footsteps 4 Festivals

4.1 Metlotsavam

5 Sapthagiri Security Zone 6 Reference lists

Etymology[edit] Alipri literally mean resting place.[citation needed] Temples[edit]

Alipiri
Alipiri
Padala mandapam-Gopuram, Tirupati

Srivari Padala Mandapam[edit] Srivari Padala Mandapam is a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara
Venkateswara
at Alipiri. The presiding deity is referred to Padala Vennkateswara Swamy.[1] As per legend Lord Venkateswara
Venkateswara
after Ekantha seva at Tirumala
Tirumala
will come visit his consort Padamavati at Tiruchanur, down the hill through Alipiri
Alipiri
Steps path and will leave his footwear at this place and hence the name "Padala Mandapam"(Telugu : Padalu refers to Foot).[1] Devotees going on Tirumala
Tirumala
Yatra from Tirupati will offer prayers here first by carrying "Srivari Padukalu"(believed to be footwear worn by Lord Venkateswara
Venkateswara
himself) on their heads.[1] The temple comes under Sri GovindarajaSwamy Temple circle and is being administered by Tirumala
Tirumala
Tirupati
Tirupati
Devasthanams. Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple[edit] 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.[1] Sri Vinayaka Swamy Temple[edit] There is also temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha
Ganesha
in the Alipiri
Alipiri
Padala Mandapam Temple complex which lies on the 2nd Ghat Road leading from Tirupati
Tirupati
to Tirumala. Devotees going by Road will offer prayers at this temple before starting Tirumala
Tirumala
Yatra.[1] Footsteps[edit]

Alipiri
Alipiri
Foot steps leading to Tirumala

There is an ancient footsteps path to Tirumala, that starts from Alipiri
Alipiri
known as Alipiri
Alipiri
Metlu. The Devotees to fulfil their Vow to Lord Venkateswara
Venkateswara
will take this path to reach Tirumala
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 Seshachalam Hills.[2][3][4] Festivals[edit] All vaishnavite festivals will be celebrated at Padalamandapam Temple which includes Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rathasapthami. Metlotsavam[edit] Metlotsavam is the festival which will be held once in three months, to the Alipiri
Alipiri
footsteps leading to Tirumala. It is organised by Dasa sahitya project under Tirumala
Tirumala
Tirupati
Tirupati
Devasthanams. The festival includes group of devotees taking a trek to Tirumala
Tirumala
singing spiritual songs.[5] Sapthagiri Security Zone[edit] 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.[6] Reference lists[edit]

^ a b c d e f "Sri vari padala mandapam, Alipiri". Tirumala
Tirumala
Tirupati Devastanams. Retrieved 2015-08-05.  ^ " Tirupati
Tirupati
to Tirumala
Tirumala
on Foot". Tirumala
Tirumala
Tirupati
Tirupati
Devastanams. Retrieved 2015-06-06.  ^ "By Walk to Tirumala
Tirumala
Hills". Go Tirupati. Retrieved 2015-06-06.  ^ " Tirupati
Tirupati
to Tirumala
Tirumala
on Foot". Pedestrian path (foot way) to Tirumala. Retrieved 19 December 2012.  ^ " Tirupati
Tirupati
to Tirumala
Tirumala
on Foot". Metlotsavam ends on a grand note. Retrieved 2015-08-26.  ^ "New security set-up at Alipiri". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

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