Countless Pilgrimages were taken by people belonging to Mahabharata times to South India.
And contrary to what people think Tirupati is 2100 Million Years old.
Geologists have dated this and the information tallies with what Hindu Puranas say about the age of the Hills.
It is about 21oo Million years old.’
Source .Tirupati 2100 Million Years old
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I had written an article on the Pilgrimage undertaken by Arjuna to South India.
Among other places visited by Arjuna, he visited Tirupati, had Darshan of Lord Varaha ,Balaji and took a holy dip in the Papavinasana Theertha for atoning the sin of seeing Yudhistra and Draupadi together.(Skanda Purana)
When the five Pandavas were living together with their wife Draupadi, they had an arrangement,that Draupadi shall live as wife together with one of the Five and the other four Pandvas shall not be with her.
Lord Balaji, Tirupati.
At a point of time, Yudhistra was living with Draupadi.
Agni,God Fire,in the guise of a Brahmin sought the help of Arjuna to help ease his hunger.
Arjuna,being a Kshatriya and a King, could not but to accede to Agni’s request.
Without knowing who Agni was and what his hunger was for, Arjuna agreed and was shocked to know it was Agni and his hunger was for burning down the Kanadava Forest.
He was in a dilemma for as a King he(Prince) he had a duty to protect forests with the animals living in it.
He consulted(who else?) Lord Krishna,who told him as a King and Kshatriya it was his duty to fulfill his promise .
( Krishna had a hidden agenda.
He knew that a great war will ensue , that Arjuna did not have a powerful Bow and he waned Arjuna to possess one.
He engineered the whole event though Indra,father of Arjuna.)
As anticipated by Krishna Agni asked Vauna to give the best bow and he gave the Kandeeva to Arjuna.
Arjuna burnt the forest.
Agini gave him the Agneyastra as well.
When Arjuna came Home to take his old bow and arrows,he unintentionally saw Yudihistra and Draupadi together.
It is considered to be a sin to see man and wife together when they are intimate,Sastras declare and one has to atone for this,Prayaschitta.
One of the Prayascitta was going on a Pilgrimage.
Krishna advised the Prayaschitta of Pilgrimage as He wanted Arjuna to get the help of as many Kings as possible for the Mahabharata war(Arjuna was not aware of the fact).
Arjuna went on a Pilgrimage of India and in the process married many a princesses,including the daughter of a Pandya king-the Pandya fought the war along with the Panadvas.
Vyasa gives a detailed description of the route taken by Arjuna during the Pilgrimage.’
Papavinasam Theertham is around 2 miles from Tirumala and is a beautiful waterfall in the region. The devotees also believe a holy dip at this site can relieve them from their sins and evils. There are separate dressing rooms at this site for men and women, where they can change their dresses. The reservoir near the dam restricts the water flow in this theertham.