Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple Sarva Darshanam Timings:
The temple opens daily at 5:00 AM with Suprabhata Seva and closes at 9:30 PM with Ekantha Seva. There will be no breaks in between.
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple Entry Fee:
Special Entrance: Rs.5.00 per Person
Quick Darshan: Rs.20.00 per Person
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple Daily Pooja / Arjita Sevas Timings and Fee:
Suprabhatam – 5:00 AM to 5:30 AM Rs. 10/- per head
Thomala Seva – 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM Rs. 10/- per head
Sahasranamarchana – 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM Rs. 10/- per head
Archanananthara Darsanam – 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Rs. 10/- per head
Ekanthaseva – 9:00 PM Rs.10/- per head
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple History:
One of the most important temples not only of Tirupati but of all India, the Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple was sanctified in 1130 AD by the venerated Saint Ramanujacharya. Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple has not only received immense religious significance, but also shows undeniable architectural excellence.
If you look at the history of Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple in Tirupati, the legend goes back to the time of Islamic rule in South India. When the southern part of India, witnessing the Muslim invasion, to maintain its security, the statue of Lord Govindaraja Swamy, the deity of Chidambaram was taken to Tirupati, which was then returned once the situation returned to the normal. However, the revered Saint Sri Ramanujacharya had a dream in which Lord Govindaraja Swamy informed him of his desire to reside in Tirupati. Because of that when he visited the place he saw in his dream; He found the statue of Lord Govindaraja Swamy there. It was then that he advised the king to build a temple in the same place.
According to legends, Sri Govindaraja Swamy is the elder brother of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. It is believed that he organized the most glorious marriage in the universe between Sri Venkateswara Swamy and Goddess Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru. It is said that he obtained from King Kubera an immense amount of wealth for marriage, which he rightly used in the direction of the divine marriage attended by the gods, the public and kings everywhere. According to some beliefs, Sri Govindaraja Swamy is blessed with a line on the left which indicates that he would return four times the wealth he had obtained from King Kubera. This is the reason why devotees seek Lord Govindaraja Swamy to help them increase their wealth and guide them in better managing their wealth.
The architecture of Tirupati Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple also attracts visitors with its architectural beauty. It dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries and has an imposing seven-storey Gopuram with 11 kalasas. Adding to the beauty of Gopuram is the handmade work recreating various scenes of Hindu epics such as Ramayana, Bhagavata with examples of Sri Venkateswara Swamy’s life. The little gopuram follows the high Gopuram. Its gopuram interior is comprised of an impressive courtyard and a large indoor stone room, which serves as a perfect hangar for tourists, even during the festival fever.
There are many festivals that are celebrated at Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple with great enthusiasm and dedication. Some of these festivals are the Vaisakha festival (annual Brahmotsavam), the float festival, the Goda Parinayam, the Adhyanotsavam, the Thiruvadipuram, the Pushpayagam, etc.
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple schedule is 5.00 to 21:00 If you are interested, you can opt for a special entrance paying a minimum rate of Rs. 5 per person. With an entry fee of Rs.20.00 per person, one can opt for the fast darshan as well.
This temple is only half a kilometer from the Tirupati railway station and 1.5 km from the Tirupati RTC bus stop.
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple Address:
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple,
GS Mada Street,
Near Railway Station,
Andhra Pradesh – 517501.