Walking from foothills to the temple:
Quite a lot of the pilgrims walk up the hills along the footpath constructed by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. This symbolizes fulfillment of vows to the Lord. There is a footpath from Alipiri to Tirumala which provides the following facilities for these pilgrims:
• Free transportation of luggage to Tirumala. Pilgrims will be given a token when they deposit their luggage at any of the choultries in Tirupati, or at the Toll Gate in Alipiri. They can collect their luggage at the Central Reception Office Counter at Tirumala by showing these tokens.
• Drinking water.
• Shelters at various points along the route for resting.
• The security personnel patrol this footpath to prevent petty thieves from cheating or robbing pilgrims.
• There is a constant relay of religious programmes all along the route.
• Medical aid around the clock at various points.
The objective behind tonsuring (shaving one’s head for the Lord) is to demonstrate that he/she completely surrenders his/her ego at the feet of the Lord. Pilgrims can have their heads tonsured at the Kalyanakatta (opposite the Annanadanam Complex). There are seventeen sub-centers for tonsuring. Pilgrims can also request to be tonsured at the cottages where they are staying.