According to legend, Goddess Lakshmi in her anger left Lord Vishnu and went away. Lord Vishnu could not find her and in despair and grief withdrew into an anthill in the Tirumala Hills. Meeting an incarnation of the Goddess, Lord Vishnu decided to marry her. However, since Goddess Lakshmi who is the Goddess of wealth had left him, he found himself a pauper and hence had to borrow money from Kuber to facilitate the wedding.
Located in Venkatchala, the seventh peak in the Tirumala Hills is the Venkateshwara Swamy Temple. The city of Tirupati or Tirumala as it is also known, is situated in Chittoor and is home to this most affluent and revered temple. Packed and bustling with devotees around the year, the Venkateswara Swamy Temple is probably the most visited temple in India. According to the Vaishnavites, this is the place that the Lord chose as an alternative to Vaikuntha (heaven). Devotees and followers believe that they are helping the Lord repay his debt with the offerings that they make at this temple. It is not uncommon to find the coffers of the temple bursting with money and valuables that the devotees leave behind as offerings.
Although the Venkateswara Swamy Temple is the best known and most visited temple, there are many other temples in the city of Tirupati. The Anjaneyaswami Temple constructed under the aegis of the Mahant dynasty and the Varahaswami Temple is among the many that are not only known for their location but also for their architectural splendor.