Pilgrimage | Waterfall
#4 of 17 Places to Visit in Tirumala
Distance (From Tirumala Bus Station): 3 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 3 km from Tirumala Bus Station & 5 km from Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, Akasa Ganga is a sacred waterfall on the foothill of Venkatadri Tirumala. The waterfall is about 5 km from the main Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple and the Tirumala Nambi family is allowed to carry the holy water from the waterfall to the temple. It is one of the popular Tirumala places to visit.
This holy theertha is found it's rendering in the Vedas and it is believed that Akasa Ganga Teertham originates from the lotus feet of Lord Venkateswara. In ancient days, the priests of the temple carry the water all the way from this part of jungle to the temple in the morning hours. This custom is still continued today, though limited to special occasions. Recently, water lines were laid into the Lord Venkateswara temple to carry the water from Akasa Ganga for regular rituals of the deity.
Bathing in this water is really refreshing and is said to wash away the evils and confer good fortune. According to the belief the childless will have children if they pray by tying cradle on the tree near Akasa Ganga following a dip in its holy waters.
The best time for visiting this place is during the rainy season, this place looks even more beautiful with greenery around and with white water gushing out of the rocks.
There are several cabs available to this place from the main temple, both shared and private. This place needs some trekking for 5-10 minutes.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM