RICH FLORAL BATH OFFERED TO LORD OF RICHES
Tirumala, Nov 19, 2012 (P.R.O): The most colourful festival, Pushpayagam has been performed in a colourful way with several tonnes of various kinds of blossoms in Srivari temple on Monday.
TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like Viseshapuja, Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Vasanthotsavam in connection with this festival.
According to epics, “Tirumala is the holiest place in the cosmos and every day is a festive day on these sacred hills”. Over 450 festivals are being performed in Tirumala hill shrine round the year. Among all rituals the most colourful ritual is Pushpayagam. This annual religious ceremony is performed in the month of Karthika after annual Brahmotsavam on the asterism of Sravanam.
After two archanas and two naivedyams, the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy flanked by his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi has been brought to the Kalyanamandapam by 1pm where in homas and Snapana Tirumanjanam was performed amidst the chanting of vedic mantras.
Earlier Procession of about 8tonnes of Sacred Flowers including 20 varieties of both traditional and ornamental took place from Garden office to Sri Vari Temple, Tirumala in connection with Annual Sri Vari Pushpa Yagam. About 200 srivari sevakulu did the voluntary service of carrying these sacred flowers all the way from garden office which is located in the papavinasam road to Tirumala main Temple
Later the deities were given a celestial floral bath with over eight tonnes of 18 different varieties of traditional and ornamental flowers including Chamanti, Lilly, Roses, Nandivardanam, Tulsi, Marukam, Davanam etc.
As soon as the flowers touched the chest of the Lord, they were removed replacing new set of flowers. This process was repeated for twenty times. And finally the colourful floral ceremony concluded on a grant note with the priests offering special arti to the deities at around 5pm.
Union Minister for Railways Sri P.K.Bhansal, Sri K.Suryaprakash Reddy, TTD Chairman Sri K.Bapi Raju, TTD EO Sri L.V.Subrahmanyam, JEO Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, CV&SO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, Supdt of Police Sri Prabhakara Rao, DyEO Sri Chinnamgari Ramana,TTD top brass officials, temple priests participated in this ritual.