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Friday, May 8, 2015

Tirumala Tourist Spots - Silathoranam

This is a rare geological arch and the only one its kind in the whole of Asia.This is one of the rarest geological faults in our country and the age of the rock is estimated at 2500 million years and the age of the arch around 1500 million years.Two other such arches are known to exist in the world today: The Utah Arch in the USA and the arch cut through the del radian quartzite of U.K. Its length is 25 ft and height 10 ft. Devotees believe that Lord Venkateswara the presiding deity of this sacred hill appeared through this as Swayambhu and took his abode at the temple which is just a kilometer away. Hence the name Sila-Thoranam or idol-entrance. This place has been beautifully developed as a tourist spot with nice greenery gardens plants and trees. It is truly enchanting. Most pilgrims coming to Tirumala are unaware of these tourist spots.

13 comments:

  1. I wasn't aware. I HAVE to see this next time.

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  2. Beautiful! I'll view it once more in details.

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  3. Oh wow! This place is very fascinating. And I read that part mentioning "Swayambhu". I visited a place in Nepal called "Swayambhunath", Just saying. :)

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  4. No, I didn't know about it. There is so much to see in India itself. :(

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  5. Tirupati trips have always been in a hurry and not made in a leisured manner visiting other interesting places nearby.Thanks for the information.The pictures are very good.

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  6. I have been to this truly a nature wonder! Beautiful captures along the garden

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  7. This is a great place. Wonderful shots.

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  8. I could go there, just to see that arch. :)

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  9. That's really fascinating. You are right, most are unaware of this.

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  10. Lovely pictures. The place is so beautiful. The alluring temple of Kapileshwar and the grand St. Thomas Basilica situated in Mylapore provide an insight into age-old traditions and beliefs. Explore Anna Centenary Library also, a humongous library with 550,000 books.

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  11. Hi Ram,
    Thanks for taking us on this touristy trip to Tirupathi.
    I never heard of the arch before and I hope to go see it whenever possible.
    Thanks for the history on it.
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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