KAISIKA DWADASI AND KARTHIKA VANABHOJANOTSAVAM CELEBRATED WITH RELIGIOUS FERVOUR
Tirumala, 07 Nov 2011(P.R.O) The two important festivals, Kaisika Dwadasi and Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam have been celebrated with religious fervour in Tirumala on Monday.
Earlier in the wee hours, around 4:30am Ugra Srinivasamurthy flanked by Sri Devi and Bhu Devi were taken on a procession along four mada streets and reached the temple before sun rise. Later Kaisika Dwadasi Asthanam has been performed by the temple priests. It is only on this day in the entire year that the deity of Ugra Srinivasa Murthy is brought out of the temple.
Later in the day, following Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam, the temple priests performed Visesha Samarpana to the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his consorts. After tastefully decorating the deities, they were brought to Vahana Mandapam. Samarpana was again performed here and later the processional deity of Lord Malayappa seated on small Gaja Vahanam and his consorts in Tiruchi were taken out to Paruveta Mandapam in a colourful procession. Bhajan troupes, children in the guise of deities stood as a special attraction all along the route.
Later Snapana Tirumanjanam has been performed with religious fervour to the utsava murthies at Paruveta Mandapam. The deities were seated on a huge golden platform and Tirumanajanam was performed first with spices water followed by milk, curd, honey, coconut water, turmeric paste and finally sandal paste was applied to the deities. Later the deities who were draped in white silk clothes were adorned with Tulsi garlands and the priests in the presence of Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar and Chinna Jiyangar and other officials offered Nakshatra Arti and special arti to the deities marking the completion of the Tirumanjanam ceremony. Later the deities were decorated in colourful silk vastrams and dazzling diamond studded gold jewels and were seated on a special mandapam inside Paruveta Mandapam.
The holy hills reverberated with the chanting of “Govinda Namas” of the pilgrims who thronged to witness the colourful ceremony. Later all the TTD officials and pilgrims took part in the Karthika Vanabhojanam festival.
Later speaking to media persons the TTD board chief Sri Kanumuri Bapiraju said, “It was a momentous occasion to celebrate to festivals, Kaisika Dwadasi and Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam on single day. The pilgrims had darshan as well as the delicious prasadam in the presence of Lord”, he added. Later the TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam said, Tamil devotee Bhakta Nambaduvan sang the song in praise of Lord in Kaisika ragam and hence the festival got the name Kaisika Dwadasi. “Today this festival is being observed in all harijanwadas across the state. It is during this festival that the devotees have their community meals in the presence of Lord signifying the bond between Bhagavan and Bhakta”, he added.
The kirtans sung by Annamacharya project artistes and Harikatha Parayanam stood as special attraction to the pilgrims on this festive occasion.
Joint EOs Sri KS Srinivasa Raju, Sri Venkatrami Reddy, CVSO Sri MK Singh, ACVSO Sri Shivakumar Reddy, DSP Tirumala Sri Umamaheshwara Sharma, Annamacharya Project Director Dr.Medasani Mohan, Temple Deputy EO Sri Munirathnam Reddy, SE II Sri Ramesh Reddy, GM Transport Sri Sesha Reddy, Health Officer Sri Bhishmaiah Naidu, EEs Sri Manohar, Sri Jaganmohan Reddy, Peishkar Sri Chandrasekhar Pillai, Parupattedar Sri Keshava Raju and others were also present.