Tirupati is at the bottom of the `holy hill’ of Tirumala, in the extreme south-east of Andhra Pradesh (approximately 140 km north of Chennai) which is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India. On top of the hill, the Shri Venkateshvara temple is said to be the richest and most popular place of pilgrimage in the world, drawing more devotees than either Rome or Mecca. It is one of the few places that allows non-Hindus into the sanctum. A visit to Tirumala and Tirupati provides a fascinating insight into contemporary Hinduism practised on a large scale.

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