Tirumala, 16 July 2012 (P.R.O) The annual Anivara Asthanam festival has been performed with relgious fervour in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on monday in Tirumala.

The uniqueness about this festival is that the previous year’s accounts of the office are presented before the deity by the principal officers and are taken back to signify that the ‘Lord’ finds the officers fit enough to hold their respective offices. New books will also be issued for recording finances of the next fiscal. In the temple jorgon, this entire process is called “Asthanam” which will be performed inside sanctum sanctorum near Bangaru Vakili in the presence of processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his two consorts.

In connection with this festival, TTD has cancelled all arjitha sevas like Visesha Pooja, Kalyanotsavam, Unjal seva, Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam, Sahasra Deeplankara seva except Suprabhata seva. The Asthanam-temple court was performed at the Bangaru Vakili inside the sanctum sanctorum between 7am to 9am on Monday. The presiding deity and the utsava murthies of Lord Malayappa Swamy and chief commander Vishvaksena were decorated with the silk vastrams presented by Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar and Chinna Jiyangar as a part of the ritual. Then the temple priests offered “Coin Arti” to Lord.

Later a special set of Silk Vastrams were also presented to Lord by Sri Rangam Devasthanam on this occasion. Usually the TTD will gift the silk vastrams to Lord Sri Ranganatha Swamy of Sri Rangam once in ayear during Kaisika Ekadasi Day. The Sri Rangam Devasthanam follows similar procedure of gifting the silk vastrams to Lord Venkateswara during Anivara Asthanam day. The Endowment Minister of Tamil Nadu Sri M.S.M.Anandan, Addl Commissioner Sri Dhanapal, Joint Commissioner of Thiruttani Devasthanams Smt. Kavitha as gifted the silk vastrams to Lord.
Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, Sri K.S.Srinivasa Raju, Joint Executive Officer, Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, CV&SO, Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl CV&SO, Sri Venkataiah, Peishkar, Sri Kesava Raju,Potu Peishkar and other officials took part in this religious ceremony.

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