TIRUPATI, FEB 18: Being the epitome of pilgrim centres not only in the country but also in the world, the temple city of Tirupati which houses the world famous temple of Lord Venkateswara along with another dozen temples of historical significance, bagged the “Best Heritage City”award for the year 2012-13 which added a feather in the cap of the pilgrim city.

This prestigious award was jointly received by Special Chief Secretary of AP Tourism Department Smt Chandana Khan along with the Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTDs) Sri Mukkamala Giridhar Gopal, IAS during the event of National Tourism Awards function that held at Vignan Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday, over the hands of Hon’ble MoS for Human Resources Development Sri Sashi Tharoor.

Tirupati, which has a glorious history of over 1000 years made this achievement not only because of the presence of its historical structures and temples of architectural value but also in maintaining the cleanliness in the premises of cities both at Tirupati and Tirumala in spite of ever floating pilgrim population ranging between 50thousand to 1lakh every day. Both the authorities of TTD as well the corporation have been doing their best in keeping the city clean and tidy and preserving the ancient structures.

Apart from this the contributions made by various dynasties in the past 1000 years which ruled the area including Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara Rulers and many more patronised the temples present in and around Tirupati which helped in sustaining their charming legacy even after several hundreds of years.

With the ever increasing pilgrim population, the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTDs) which administers the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara as well other sub-temples including the most famous Tiruchanoor, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Govinda Raja Swamy, Kodanda Rama Swamy, Appalayagunta and other temples, has made and been doing elaborate arrangements to provide accommodation and food to the multitude of visiting pilgrims who throng the temple city every day.