ANIVARA ASTHANAM INSIDE SRI VARI TEMPLE- PROCESSION OF PUSHPA PALLAKI
Tirumala, 17 July 2011(P.R.O) Among the multiple festivals which are being performed in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, Anivara Asthanam is an interesting ritual, which will be performed with religous fervour on July 17.
Procession of Visesha Padi and Nuthana Vastram by H.H.Sri Sri Ramanuja Pedda Jeeyar Swamy around Dwajasthambham inside Sri Vari Temple and The Asthanam-temple court performed in the Bangaru Vakili inside the sanctum sanctorium between 7am to 9am on Sunday in connection with Anivara Asthanam.
Later in the evening The the utsava murti of Lord Malayappa Swamy along with his consorts were taken on a pleasure ride along the four-mada streets over a tastefully decorated floral palanquin(PUSHPA PALLAKI). The seven hills reverberated with the mystic chant of “Govinda Nama” by multitude of devotees who were thrilled just after catching a glimpse of dazzling Lord in floral palanquin.
Nearly 2 tonnes of with 16 varieties of flowers received from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
BRIEF NOTE ON ANIVARA ASTHANAM
Among the festivals conducted with pomp and splendor at tirumala, Anivara Asthanam takes the pride of place. Indeed nothing shines so well as the Anivara Asthanam. As this Asthanam is held on the last day of the Tamil month Ani, it is called as Anivari Asthanam. A durabar will be held in front of Bangaru vakili with processional deity of Sri Venkateswara with his two consorts – Sridevi and Bhudevi, along with Sri Senadhipativaru. In olden days this festival used to mark the commencement of writing of the new accounts. An inscription (No.617 T.T) found on the stone wall of the second prakara of Tirumala temple under date 9-3-1494 pertains to an endowment made by two accountants of the temple for offering of certain Atirasapadis on the occasion.
The Anivara Asthanam is a traditional function which marks the closure of the year’s account and the commencement of accounts for the coming year and taking over of charge officially.
In olden days, in the history of Tirumala, this celebration is called Adi Ayanam Asthanam, the writing up of the New Year accounts. It is well known how the Adi Ayanam Asthanam has come to be known as Anivara Asthanam. Perhaps it may be due to the fact that the function is held on the last day of the Tamil month of Ani. In one of the inscriptions on the walls of the temple, there is a stipulation as to how the charitable endowment should be utilized for the said purpose.
On this occasion, the Lord Sri Venkateswara is adorned with rare jewellery such as Makarakanti, and Lakshmi Haram. The processional deity with His two consorts is taken to the Mukha Mantapam and a grand Durbar is held after the daily Thomala, archana and naivedya are all over for the moolabera. The processional deity as stated before proceeds to the Bangaru Vakili in the Ani Asthanam. Sri Senadhipati is also brought to the mantapam but seated separately on the left side of Sri Malayappa Swamy. After this Durbar in the Tirumamani Mantapam on the Sarva Bhupala Vahanam, the archakas offer worship and after this, the procession starts from parimala room carrying six vastrams in a silver plate. This procession goes round the Dwajashtambha and the Vimana-pradakshina and then into the sanctum sanctorum.
On this occasion, the temple is re-entrusted to the Jeeyangars, as also the seals of the office of the Administration to the Executive and administrative heads of the Devasthanams. This festival also signifies the oath taking ceremony, at which the servants of the Lord are to affirm their loyalty and faithfulness to their duty in sacred service of Lord.
In short, the Asthanam summarizes for us the philosophical and ethical teachings of the Upanishads, the crux of the Vedanta.
On this day evening Sri Malayappa swamy will be taken out in procession on an exquisite palanquin, daintily decorated with colourful flowers.
The Sun God moves from north to south on the day of Anivara Asthanam i.e. the starting day of dakshinayanam.
Sri J.Sathyanarayana, Chairman Specified Authority, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, Sri K.S.Srinivasa Raju, Joint Executive Officer, Sri M.K.Singh, C.V&S.O, Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V&S.O, Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyEO(Temple), Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Peishkar and others took part.