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Tirumula, 2003   

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Tirumula in the seven hills is about 16km from Tirupati and is one of the most important hindu temples in India. I went there with my friend Lazare. He was a violinist in the City of Southampton Orchestra and was in Chennai to learn Carnatic violin

View of Tirupati from the road to Tirumula
A bit further on
On the way down. The University tower is in centre of picture
The golden dome of the inner sanctuary
Lazare was always a willing buyer, very popular of course
Lazare teaching a boy how to take photos at the bathing ghats
A tiny part of the huge crowds
Near the entrance/exit of inner sanctuary
Part of the long (3 hour) queue for darsh of Sri Venkateshwara
Tumbling out of the sanctuary
Preliminary worship
Colourful worshippers
Where you donate you hair to Venkateshwara
Resting pilgrims
They asked for photo
Close up of holy men
Five in a bed. I envied them
Boys telling they knew me from previous visit to Thumulagunta
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