Tirumala 1: The Steps

Tirumala is a Vaishnava pilgrimage center near Tirupati in southern Andhra Pradesh.  It sits atop a high hill—

The way up is a long staircase of more than 2000 stairs.  Some devotees mark ever step with red color or yellow turmeric powder or will light camphor blocks

People climb up the stairs as an act of devotion:  These guys had come on foot all the way from Bangalore, a nine day walk (the yellow clothes show they are on pilgrimage).

The stairs come out on a beautiful pavilion.  It turned out to be the most peaceful part of the trip, but more on that later. Enjoy the view!




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