Tirupati, in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, is situated at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. It is an ancient town associated with the Vaishnava preceptor, Sri Ramanuja. He founded Govindaraja Swamy Temple in 1130 AD. and started a small settlement around it and named it Tirupati. Several new shrines like Kodandarama Swamy temple, Narasimha Swamy shrine and Kapileswara Swamy temple were also built in different parts of tirupati. The improved facilities at tirupati to the piligrims by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams had contributed to a large extent to the development of tirupati. Sri Govindarajaswamy temple, is very near tirupati railway station. The deity sri govindaraja is in a reclining pose. There are shrines of Sri Andal, Sri Parthasarathi and sri venkateswara in the Temple.