At a distance of about 4 km from the Temple of Tirumala Balaji, Akasa Ganga attracts devotees to its Theertham and captivates them with its serene waterfalls. This is without a doubt one of the best places to visit Tirumala / Tirupati.
One of the most sacred waterfalls in the country the waterfalls of Akasha Ganga are visited by almost all the devotees who come to Tirumala in search of Lord Venkateswara’s blessings. This waterfall also has great religious significance, since its holy water is used for the Lord’s abhishekam. The main deity of Tirumala Temple, Lord Venkateswara, who is an incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu, receives a sacred bath every day with water.
In the Vedas, which are some of the most sacred scriptures of the Hindu religion, Akasaganga Teertham was mentioned. According to legend, Akasha Ganga theertham originates from Lord Venkateswara’s lotus feet. All rituals of the temple are performed with its waters, which indicates the great importance of this waterfall. The Tirumala Nambi family can immerse themselves in the sacred waters of Akasa Ganga.
It is said that in ancient times priests crossed the woods and traversed rugged landscapes to reach the waterfall and bring water to the Lord’s abhishekam early in the morning. However, when Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) began taking care of the temples of Tirupati, it created direct pipelines from the waterfall to the temple, simplifying the work to a great extent.
It is believed that Akasaganga Teertham has the power to clean up evil and bring luck to all who takes a dip in the water. The governance of the temple built a platform where running water was provided for the devotees.
Although you can visit Akasa Ganga throughout the year, it is better to go during or after the monsoon. During the monsoons, the surroundings are covered with lush vegetation and the waterfalls seem more refreshing and wider. On their way to Akasa Ganga, pilgrims can also visit Papavinasanam, Gogarbham and Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple. These are also found in the Tirumala hills. There are government-operated buses, as well as taxi services that take tourists to all places of interest in Tirupati-Tirumala.