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India's second wealthiest temple, Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple does not seem to have a clear history about its origin. The Wikipedia entry does not provide proper details on who exactly built this temple atop a mountain or the approximate date when it was built. Even if it were disputed, there must be historians' educated guesses and opinions on this.

Could someone flesh out these details from a reliable source?

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The deity itself is self-formed or swayambhu. Raja Thondaman (Thondaman Chakravarty) chiefly contributed to building the temple. Krishnadevaraya is also said to have made several endowments to the temple.

Venkatachala Mahatmayam is the book of reference for history of TTD.

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Which deity is considered self-formed? –  Apoorv Khurasia Jul 23 '13 at 13:57
    
The deity enshrined in the TTD temple- Venkateswara Swamy –  moonstar2001 Jul 23 '13 at 14:26
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Do you mean to say this statue formed all by itself ? –  Apoorv Khurasia Jul 23 '13 at 23:59

Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple would have been build around the time when Puri Jagannath tample was build because moto of both temple is same.

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Could you please provide some source(s) to substantiate this information? –  Steven Drennon Jan 1 '14 at 7:23
    
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Pieter Geerkens Jun 3 at 3:35

1) The Temple is Built by Tamil pallava King Thondaiman. 2) The Temple has tamil scripts around the inner walls.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Pieter Geerkens Jun 2 at 4:02
    
Assuming 1 is meant to be an answer to "when" using reginal dates, and 2 is meant to provide a possible an answer to "by whom", this seems like a direct answer to me. Could use some cleanup perhaps, but its an answer. –  T.E.D. Jun 3 at 11:06

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