Situated in the forests, on the peak of Narayanadri hill range, Sri Vari Padalu is another important pilgrimage of Tirumala, which is visited by many devotees from every corner of the country. There is a legend behind this temple which associates this place to Lord Vishnu, when he had arrived in the form of Lord Venkateswara.
This place has been mentioned in the vedas and other important scriptures of Hindu religion.According to the mythological history of Sri Vari Padalu, it is the very place where Lord Venkateswara set his feet first. It is the first place on the Narayanagiri Hills, one of the seven divine hills, where his sacred feet touched the ground. Narayanagiri Hills is said to be the highest hill among all the Tirumala Hills.
Even today, footprints of Lord Venkateswara Swamy can be seen on the rocky surface of the hill. Pilgrims can reach the site after climbing more than 300 steps and offer prayers. Usually devotees climb to reach Srivari Padalu and make offerings of coconut and perform puja. However, the access has been facilitated by TTD.
However, due to some unforeseen situations accompanied by exposure to harsh weather conditions led to slight damage of the relic. Owing to this, TTD, responsible for its and other religious sites’ maintenance and preservations, has led to some changes. Now the divine footprints of the Lord Venkateswara are enclosed in a glass frame, positioned on a stable rock foundation. The common practise of breaking coconuts as a way of offering prayers to the Lord has also been shifted to a new location nearby. For visiting, Sri Vari Padalu timings are from 6 in morning to 6 in evening.
Pilgrims going for Tirupati Balaji darshan, often visit here to offer their prayers here and seek blessing of the Lord Vishnu. It is located at a distance of about 6 km from Tirupati Bus Stand. The distance between Srivari Padalu and the Tirupati Balaji Temple is only 5 km. Hence, devotees can easily visit both the shrines on the same day of their Tirupati Tour.
Along with its immense religious importance, this place also presents captivating natural beauty. Visitors can also get a view of town of Tirupati Temple from here at Narayanagiri hill. Another nearby place with religious significance is Silathoranam. It is a natural rock formation which is the shape of a stone gate, or “thoranam”. There is also a Lord Shiva Temple and a garden.