Chikka Tirupati (which means ‘Small Tirupathi’ in Kannada with reference to Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh) is a religious site with a Venkateswaraswamy temple. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is located at Chikka Tirupati Hobli in Malur Taluk, on the outskirts of Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, in southern India. Built in the Dravidian architectural style, the temple is considered similar to the Tirupati Venkateswara Temple. Vishnu is worshipped as Venkateshwara and his consort Lakshmi as Alamelumangamma.
The legend of the place is related to the episode of Kandava Dahna in the epic Mahabharata. During the dahana Takshaka escaped from the forest with small wounds and cursed Lord Agni to lose his divinity. Agni prayed to Lord Vishnu in this region and achieved his status, as Lord Shiva suggested.
Venkateswara Temple is built in Dravidian architecture and the exact history of the temple is unknown. The inscriptions on the Mysore inscriptions reveal that the temple is some centuries old. The temple has a gopura of 5 tiered. The temple tank is located north of the temple. The central temple has the image of Venkateswara in a standing posture. Two prevail around the temple. From the entrance, the central pilgrimage centre is located on the axis through Dwajasthamba (flagstaff), pillar of offering and the Garuda Mantapa. The image of Garuda, the eagle mount of Venkateshwara, is housed in the Garuda Mantapa, facing the image of the presiding deity.. In modern times, the temple is administered by the Department of Religious Endowment, Karnataka Government. It is 25 km from Hoskote.
Worship practices and festivals
Temple priests perform poojas (rituals) during festivals and daily. Like other Vishnu temples in the nearby state of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnava community, a Brahmin sub-caste. Temple rituals are performed four times a day:shathkalam at 8 a.m., Kalasanthi at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 7:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alankaara (decoration), neivedhya (food offering) and deepa aradane (waving of lamps), both for Venkateswara and his wife Alamelumanga. During worship, priests recite religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text), and worshipers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast. Weekly, monthly, and biweekly rituals are performed in the temple.
How To Reach Chikka Tirupati
Distance from Bangalore to Chikka Tirupathi is 37.4 Km and takes around 1 h 26 min via NH 207.