district of Chittoor, one of the premier districts of Rayalaseema,
an integral part of the state of Andhra Pradesh claims a unique
honour for its special features, numbering more than one. It is this
district that has the honour of possessing the lone summer resort of
the state - the Horsley Hills; the seat of Balaji, the Lord of Seven
Hills and the the, six continents, rather of the three worlds; and
the seat of Besant Theosophical College etc. The laurels it has
brought to the state are numerous and their glory is conspicuous.
Chittoor town bearing the same name of the district, has many
spiritual havens built for all the gods of Hindu pantheon, like Sri
Rama temple, Murugan temple, Vinayaka temple, Siva temple and Sakti
temples in Her multifarious manifestations. Around the town at short
distances too there are very many shrines, like Kanipakkam
Pillayarappa temple, Magileswara temple etc, that have been emitting
Siva mahima for centuries now, to say the least. To crown as it were
Tirumala, enshrining Balaji temple of interplanetary eminence lies
at a short distance 60 km only. Of the many Aalayas, the temple
built for Siva are many and are seen both in main streets and at its
outskirts. Some of them are very old, but the agamic worship
conducted is retaining its firm hold, and hence the attraction.
Heavy rush is seen during the mornings and evenings.
these lie in town itself and can be reached by autos, cycle
rickshaws from the railway station or bus stand.