Laying of streets for Festivals on Tirumala:

Tiruvenkata Hill was considered very holy and fur­ther rough with rocks and forests. No township was formed around the temple for this reason. A devotee of the name Magudaran with great difficulty cleared the space around the outer walls of the temple and formed narrow streets lined with houses providing shelter to the servants serving the Lord in the temple. It was not, con­venient to celebrate festivals on the hill. It was the prac­tice to carry the deity after the hoisting of the holy flag (dwajarohanam) heralding the Brahmotsavam to Tiruchuganoor down the hill and celebrate the festival for eight days in a grand manner and bring the deity back to the hill for the holy avabrutasnanam (chakrasnanam as it is popular now) and then have the lowering of the flag (dwajaavarahanam) and the pushpayaga on the tenth day of the festival. Sage Ramanuja learning that Emperor Thondanan celebrated the ten-day festival on the hill in ancient days and that the practice was later changed, de­cided to lay broad streets around the temple for celebrat­ing the festivals. He had the needed space deforested and levelled. He designed a fine township with well-laid out streets around the temple as also a broad road running north-south on the eastern side of Swami Pushkarini. He had another broad street laid on the eastern side of this road for the Parvettai (hunting on horse-back) festival. He had the annual Brahmotsavam celebrated on the hill itself.