Significance of Srivari Metlu for Tirumala Darshanam
It was fairly recently that the TTD official body renovated and opened the lesser used path Srivari Metlu to public for trekking to Tirumala and offer Lord Venkateswara their prayers. The common path taken by most pilgrims visit the temple town is the one from Alipiri.
While Srivari Metlu is a shorter route one can take to reach the peak of the hills, pilgrims have noted that it is a steeper climb and not many take their chances.
Let’s take a closer look at the significance of Srivari Metlu.
As per the legend it is said that Lord Venkateswara was enchanted when he first saw princess Padmavathi. He was bewitched by her beauty and grace and decided to marry her
Princess Padmavathi was also cursed upon birth to marry Lord Vishnu.
Once Lord Venkateswara’s foster mother Vakula Devi was informed about his interest in marrying princess Padmavathi, she ensured the wedding would be arranged after due consent from all the Gods and Goddesses.
The wedding itself was organized with great pomp and splendor.
However, after getting wed to Sri Padmavathi Devi the couple was asked to stay near Tirupati and not enter Tirumala immediately.
Thus, Lord Venkateswara and Sri Padmavathi Devi stayed near Srinavasa Mangapuram, which in present day is located about 20 kilometers from Tirupati town.
After their stay at Srinivasa Mangapuram, which is also a very popular pilgrim attraction part from the main temple town itself, Lord Venkateswara and his consort entered Tirumala through a forest route which was not as popular as the often used one.
As the couple walked up gradually to the pinnacle of the hill, a distinct route was carved laden with impressions of the Lord’s feet.
Thus the route became known as Srivari Mettu, translated as the Lord’s feet.