In Kannada Chikka Tirupati means Small Tirupathi is actually the miniature of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh. This is an ancient Sri Venkateswara temple located at Chikka Tirupati, Hobli, Malur Taluk, Kolar district, Karnataka. Sri Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and his consort Sri Lakshmi as Alamelumangamma and the temple was Built in Dravidian architectural style.
Here the Lord is in Standing posture and the height is 3½ feet. The right hand of the idol is held up towards the sky in what is called Aabhaya Hasta. Brahmotsavam is celebrated during Shravan Masa and Shravana Shaniwar is considered to be auspicious. Chikka Tirupati is 37 km from Bangalore.
Kolar Chikka Tirupati Timings & Pooja Schedule:
6.00 am to 7.30 pm
8.00 am – Ushathkalam
10.00 am – Kalasanthi
5.00 pm – Sayarakshai
7.00 pm – Ardha Jamam
Each ritual has three steps: Alankaara (decoration), neivedhya (food offering) and deepa aradane (waving of lamps), both for Venkateswara and Alamelumanga.
Chikka Tirupati Dress Code:
There is no strict dress code Any decent outfit is allowed.
For Men: White Pancha, Dhoti or Kurta, Pyjama.
For Female: Saree with blouse or Punjabi Dress with Dupatta or Chudidhar with Dupatta or Half saree.
Kolar Chikka Tirupati History:
The legend goes back to Dwapara Yuga, Agni Deva had severe stomach pain after accepting ghee for 100 years in a row. He then prayed to Lord Brahma for the remedy. Brahma suggested performing Kandava Dahanam because the forest has natural herbs. Agni took a step back when Indra’s friend Takshak lived in this forest with his family. Then he approached Lord Krishna and Arjuna, who offered him protection. With their help, Agni got up and burned the forest. Indra tried to defend the serpent Takshak, but all his efforts were in vain. Takshak, who came out with minor injuries, cursed Agni to lose his divinity. Agni then prayed to Lord Siva for help. Lord Siva suggested doing penance for Sri Vishnu. Agni freed himself from the curse and installed Lord Vishnu and named the diety Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy.
How to reach Chikka Tirupati:
The nearest airport is Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru which is 67 km.
The nearest railway station is in Bengaluru which is 41 km from the temple.
Direct buses are available from Bengaluru and Kolar to this temple.