Very good question. There are a total of 7 prakaras in the Tirumala temple. Each prakara has its own Dwarapalaka pair. Speaking at a mundane level, barring Jaya Vijaya, all DPs are in fact Bhutas serving Bhagavan ensuring that proper rituals are happening. Apart from DPs,
you also have various ganas incl Uttama (Devatas, Pitrus etc), Madhyama (Nagas, Rishis, Siddhas etc) Adhama (Butha, Pretha, Pisachaas) all serving Him. Apart from DPs, there are also imp Devatas at each cardinal point.
1st prakara - Kishkinda, Teertha
2 - Vakratunda, Nagaraja
3 - Shanka Nidhi, Padma Nidhi (Mahadwaram)
4 - Tuhina, Balindu
5 - Khadga, Sharanga
6 - Shankachuli, Chakrachuli
7 - Chanda, Prachanda
Bangaru Vaklili - Jaya, Vijaya.
For a complete list of DPs and associated Devatas in each praakara, do refer this…
You can actually see these DPs depicted in the banners erected during the annual Brahmotsavams. Normally people just go have darsan and come out but for a seeker, Tirumala is saakshat Vaikunta itself.

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