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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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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 at 7:23
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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? –  Monster Truck 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 ? –  Monster Truck Jul 23 '13 at 23:59
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