DEEPAVALI ASTHANAM INSIDE SRI VARI TEMPLE
Tirumala, 26 Oct 2011(P.R.O) On the occasion of Deepavali-the festival of lights, ‘Deepavali Asthanam’ was conducted at the ‘Bangaru Vakili’ in Tirumala temple in a ceremonious manner on Wednesday.
The ‘Deepavali Asthanam’ was preceded by special rituals like ‘Vishesha Padi’ and presentation of new silk ‘Vastrams’ to the main deity followed by a procession taken out around the ‘Vimana Prakaram’ inside the temple by Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar accompanied by Chinna Jiyangar and other TTD officials and temple priests.
The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy flanked by his two Consorts on either sides seated on a special palanquin seated facing opposite to Garudalwar inside Bangaru Vakili. The processional deity of Commander-in-Chief of Lord Venkateswara, Sri Vishwaksenula Varu was seated on another seat to the left side of Lord. Special pujas, Rupee Coin Harati, Pratyeka Harati were offered to Lord amidst chanting of vedic hymns by temple priests. After that Teertham, Shatari and prasadams were offered to the officials who took part in the festival.
The TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam after the ritual, wished the devotees of Lord Venkateswara across the globe a very happy and prosperous and safe Diwali. He said on the auspicious day the Lord Malayappa in the guise of Lord Krishna was offered Asthanam. “The significance of Deepavali is on this day, Lord Sri Krishna destroyed Narakasura – the demon. Similarly good should prevail over evil and this will happen on Diwali day. That is the message of Deepavali Asthanam. I wish all the devotees to have a great and colourful festival of lights”, he added
TTD chairman Sri Kanumuri Bapiraju, TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam, Joint EO Tirumala Sri KS Srinivasa Raju, Tirupati MP Sri Dr.Chinta Mohan, CVSO Sri MK Singh, Tirupati Urban SP Sri Prabhakar, Temple deputy EO Sri Munirathnam Reddy, ACVSO Sri Shivakumar Reddy, DSP Tirumala Sri Umamaheswara Sharma, Temple Peishkar Sri Chandra Sekhar Pillai, Temple Parupattedar Sri Keshava Raju and others were also present.