At a distance of about 4 km from the Tirupati Balaji Temple, Akasa Ganga draws devotees to its theertham as well as captivates them with the serene waterfalls. It is undoubtedly one of the best sightseeing places in and around Tirupati.
One of the most sacred waterfalls in the country Akasha Ganga Waterfalls are visited by almost every devotee who come to Tirumala to seek blessings of the Lord Venkateswara. This waterfall also holds high religious significance, as its holy water is used for Lord’s abhishekam. The main deity of Tirupati Temple, Lord Venkateswara who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is given holy bath with its water every day.
In the Vedas which are some of the most sacred scriptures of Hindu religion, Akasaganga Teertham has been mentioned. According to the legend, Akasha Ganga theertham has originated from the lotus feet of Lord Venkateswara. All the rituals of the temple are conducted with its waters, indicating the high importance of this waterfall. The Tirumala Nambi family is allowed to take dip in the holy waters of Akasa Ganga.
It is said that during ancient time, priests used to cross the forests, and walks on the coarse landscapes to reach waterfall and bring its water for Lord’s abhishekam early in mornings. However, when Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) started taking care of temples of Tirupati, it created direct pipelines from the waterfall to the temple, simplifying the work to a large extent.
It is believed that Akasaganga Teertham has the powers to cleanse evils and bring good luck to everyone who takes a dip in its water. The temple governance has constructed a platform where running water has been provided for devotees.
Although one can visit Akasa Ganga throughout the year, it is best go during or after monsoon. During monsoon, the area around is covered with lush greenery as well as the waterfalls appears more refreshing and wider. While on their way to Akasa Ganga, pilgrims can visit Papavinasanam, Gogarbham, and Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple as well. These are also located on the Tirumala Hills. There are Government run buses as well taxi services taking tourists around all sightseeing places in Tirupati-Tirumala.