About The Temple
Local Info and Accommodation
Getting there

Sri Govindaraja Swami is considered to be the elder brother of Lord Balaji and His temple is one among the most important temples in Tirupati. According to the legends, this temple was consecrated by the great Vaishnava Preceptor, Saint Ramanujacharya, in 1130 AD. It is said that the temple had Sri Parthasaarthi (Lord Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna) on the main altar but Sri Ramanujacharya added the deity of Sri Govindaraja Swami. The Lord is found with His consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama. The architecture of the temple is one of its kind and is marvellously constructed. The entrance of the temple has a magnificent seven-storey Gopuram built in 1628 that can be seen even from a distance. To the left of the main Gopuram, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Laxmi who is seated on a lotus. There is also a shrine dedicated to Vedanta Desika, who was a great poet, devotee and philosopher and second great writer of Sri Vaishnava.

One interesting fact about the temple is that the celestial bath (Abhishekam) is not conducted with the presiding deity, as the deity, in the lying position, is made of clay. Rest all the festivals and functions in the shrine are similar to those conducted in the temple of Sri Venkateshwara at Tirumala.

Other nearby temples are Sri Parthasarathi temple, Sri Andal temple, Sri Ramanuja temple, Sri Kurath Alwar temple, Sri Eduru Anjaneya Swami temple and many more around this temple premises. A museum is also situated here.


The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaisakha every year. There is an annual float festival, called as Theppotsavam, celebrated every year. Another prominent festivals include, Rathasapthami, Tirumala Nambi Festival, Vedantha Desikar Utsavam and many others. To take part in some of the festivals or sevas (service), you have to purchase the tickets well in advance. For more details on the type of Sevas (services), you can contact at +91- 08574 – 22443. Special Darshan tickets are sold at Rs.5 and you can opt for it in order to avoid the long queue and waiting. The timing for sarva darshan are 9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.00pm to 6.00pm and 7.00pm to 8.45pm.

There are pretty good number of hotels where you can stay. Accommodation is also provided by the temple organization. An advance booking is always suggested as there are thousands of pilgrims visiting the temple throughout the year.


The temple is located just off the main road near Bhima Hotel and a kilometre away from the Tirupati railway station. The Tirupati Railway Station is on Katpadi-Renigunta rail route. There are trains like Kanyakumari Express, Tirupati Express, Venkatadri Express, Sheshadri Express, Eranakulam-Hyderabad Sabari Express, Narayanadri Express etc., stopping at or passing through this station at Tirupati. You can get down here and avail the local transportation to reach the temple. Other option is to catch the train that travel via Renigunta, which is at 10 kms, or Gudur, which is at 100 kms, from Tirupati but do not touch Tirupati. You can get down here and hire a taxi to Tirupati. There are buses from Tirupati Bus Stand which is just 2km away from the temple. The easiest way to reach here is to hire a car or book a taxi.

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