SRI VARI ANNUAL BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF SARVABHOOPALA VAHANAM
Tirumala, 02 Oct 2011(P.R.O) On the fourth day of the Srivari Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara in the avatar of Malayalappaswami presents himself as the king of kings to his devotees who throng Tirumala on the Sarva bhupala Vahanam .
Sarva bhupala meaning the God in charge of the earth, water and air become the pall bearers of his vehicle . Along with the Sarva Bhupalas, the Dikpala’s of East-West and South-North etc also join in the entourage of Lord Venkateswara in the procession on the holy Mada streets .
“The objective is to display that all the Dikpalas of the universe were not just under the control of Lord venkateswara but also that there was no chance for misuse of office by them under his diligent vigilance and directions “ says Dr.A.V.Ramana Dikshitulu , chief priest of Tirumala Temple .
They are listed in the legends of Tirumala as – Indra ( East ), Agni ( south-east) , Yama ( god of death on the South ), Niruti ( North –East) , Varuna on ( West), Vayu ( south-west) and Kubera ( god of wealth on North ) and Parameswara on ( North-west) . They are termed as Asta Dikpala’s who all are all in the service of Lord Venkateswara and work under his command.
The message that comes out of this event of Sarva Bhupala Vahanam – is to indicate that Lord Venkateswara controlled the entire universe , the Dikpala’ and also Sarva Bhupala were managed by him to ensure that the people benefited and prospered with timely rains and course of the activities by all the elements that encompassed the universe.
Special light arrangements besides, public toilets, drinking water, First Aid and Ambulance are made around the holy four Mada streets to provide a total eyeful view of the procession of Vahanam . Cultural troupes comprising of dancers from all regions etc pre4cede the Vahanam procession of Lord Venkateswara.
The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets with fully protected railings for galleries to enable thousands of people to sit and witness the celestial procession which lasted three to four hours in the mornings and evenings of Brahmotsavam every day at Tirumala .
The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world. The SVBC also offered free signal to all electronic channels of not only the Vahanam procession but also all events in the Temple shrine during the nine day BRAHMOTSAVAM.
Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, Joint Executive Officers Sri K.S.Srinivasa Raju, Sri Venkatrami Reddy, Sr Muthyam Reddy, TTD Board Member, Sri M.K.Singh, CV&SO, , Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyE.O(Temple), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V.&S.O, Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai,Temple Peishkars and others were also present.