ANKURARPANA – TIRUMALA BRAMOTSHAVAMS 2013

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TIRUMALA SRI VENKATESWARA SWAMY

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This one of the many majestic and divine rock formations in Tirumala comprising of 7 divine hills, which reiterates the fact that Lord Venkateswara Swami is every where… sarvAntaryAmi in Tirumala Hills. This naturally formed rock is found on the way to Tirumala Hills, exactly near the 16th Kilometre mark in the second ghat road, leading to magnificient Tirumala hills! This rock formation resembles the side face of Sri Mannaryana – Lord Srinivasa and this hill is believed to be the Venkatadri hill, upon which Lord Venkateswara’s self manifested Archa murthy resides. The closeup pic clearly shows Lord’s magnificent eyes, a kireetam which is similar to Moolavar’s plain kireetam as in his archa Vigraham. It is one of the rare magnificient, wonderful miracles of Lord found at Tirumala hills range. And this reminds us that if we have the eyes to look for Lord Narayana, He is verily found in every where at Tirumala Hills! Om Namo Venkatesaya!!

 

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SWARNA RATHOTSHAVAM !!! BRAMOTSHAVAMS OCT -2012

CHANDRA PRABHA VAHANAM !!! BRAMOTSHAVAMS OCT -2012

HAMSA VAHANAM AND SIMHA VAHANAM !!! BRAMOTSHAVAMS OCT 2012

BANGARU TIRUCHI UTSHAVAMS – BRAMOTSHAVAMS OCT -2012

SRI VENKATESWARA NAVARATRI BRAMOTSHAVAMS – OCT 2012

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TTD GEARS UP FOR NAVARATHRI BRAHMOTSAVAMS

TTD GEARS UP FOR NAVARATHRI BRAHMOTSAVAMS

TIRUMALA, OCT 9: The temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has all set ready to perform the nine-day Navarathri Brahmotsavams from October 15 to 23 in a grand manner.

The Ankurarpanam for the mega religious event will be performed on 14th of October followed by Senadhipathi Utsavam where in Vishwaksena, Commander-in-Chief of Lord Venkateswara, will be taken on a procession to the Yaga Shala.

The unique feature of this brahmotsavams is that there will be no Dhwajarohanam(celestial flag hoisting on the first day of the Brahmotsavams), Dhwaja Awarohanam(celestial flag lowering on the last day of the nine-day festival) and Wooden Chariot procession. But there will be the procession of Swarna Rathotsavam and Paruveta Utsavam on the succeeding day after the completion of Brahmotsavams.

The details of various vahanam processions starting from 15th October to 23rd October as follows:

Date Morning Evening

15-10-12 Bangaru Tiruchi Pedda Sesha Vahanam

16-10-12 Chinnasesha Vahanam Hamsa Vahanam

17-10-12 Simha Vahanam Muthyapupandiri Vahanam

18-10-12 Kalpavriksha Vahanam Sarvabhupala Vahanam

19-10-12 Mohini Avatharam Garuda Vahanam

20-10-12 Hanumantha Vahanam Pushpaka Vimanam/Gaja Vahanam

21-10-12 Suryaprabha Chandraprabha Vahanam

22-10-12 Swarna Ratham Aswa Vahanam

23-10-12 Chakrasnanam

The special attraction during this Brahmotsavams is that there will be the procession of Pushpaka Vimanam. On 24th of October the Lord Malayappa Swamy accompanied by Lord Sri Krishna Swamy will go for a pleasure hunt in the deep green forests of Seshachalam ranges. This festival is described as “Paruveta Utsavam” which takes place in the Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala. It will be a feast to the eyes of tens of thousands of pilgrims who converge to witness the hunting skills of the deities in the forest. TTD top brass officials will take part in this festival.

SRI VARI BRAMOTSHAVAMS !!! SEP 2012

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SRI VARI ANNUALA BRAHMOTSHAVAMS !!! SEP 2012

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SRI VARI ANNUAL BRAHMOTSHAVAM – GARUDA VAHANAM

5th Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- procession of GARUDA VAHANAM at Tirumala on Sep 22

Tirumala, September, 22, 2012: The Garuda Vahanam on the fifth day of the Srivari Navarathri Brahmotsavam is considered the most significant of all events in the festival.

Garuda or the Eagle is the main and daily vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Besides being the daily transport , Garuda also said to sit atop the Dwajam on the day of Dwajarohanam ( inauguration of Brahmotsavam ) and herald the event and invit all the Devatas for the event on earth . As the Key watcher of happenings around Lord Vishnu , Garuda also supervises the course of the entire Srivari Brahmotsavam , say the legends.

Garuda functions as a servant, friend, life supporter, insignia, and flag of lord Venkateswara’s vehicle.Garuda is the most respected and most sought after follower of Lord Vishnu and the only one described in puranas as one who could flight at the speed of light.
Garuda Seva is prominent in 108 countries around the globe including the Asian and South Asian countries and even widely watched with great reverence even in the countries like Mynamar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Large crowds from Tirupathi and other districts, towns of neighboring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka land up in Tirumala for the distinct Garudaseva event.

“The darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Garuda vahanam is very auspicious and fulfill all desires of the devotees “
HE Governor of AP Sri ESL Narasimhanan,Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, TTDs, JEOs Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Raji Reddy, Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, Sri Munirathnam Reddy,DyEO(Temple), DIG Ms. Charu Sinha, CV&SO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, Supdt Of Police Sri Prabhakara Rao and others took part.

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5th Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- procession of MOHINI AVATHARAM on Sep 22

5th Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- procession of MOHINI AVATHARAM on Sep 22

Tirumala, September, 22, 2012: On the fifth day of Srivari Salakatla Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara enthralled his devotees by appearing in the form of celestial beauty Mohini (female costumes) and lived up to his reputation as an “alankara priyudu (well dressed, be-jewelled handsome personality).

As legends put it Lords appearance as bejeweled and charming Mohini throws the demons (Asura’s) in confusion and wins the celestial battle in favor of the Devatas. The objective of the Mohini avatar is also to indicate that the entire universe is spell bound under the Mystic Mohini and that the Lord of Tirumala is the king pin and key architect of this high drama in the universe. The superb decoration of the idol baffles even young damsels wondering at richness of the jewels and also the beauty of the utsava idol of Mohini.

The devout say that by appearing as Mohini during the Srivari Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara had sent a message that the entire universe was a creation of his Maya. To overcome this maya everyone should worship him.

Among the various forms donned by Lord MahaVishnu, Mohini-the universal beauty is the adorable form of supernaturally beautiful Enchantress. Through Mohini Avatara the lord enlightens his devotees not to fall prey to worldly desires and come out of that “Maya”.

At the same time Lord Venkateswara appears as a child Sri Krishna before his countless devotees on a pallaki (palanquin) made of ivory and Rose woodpresented to the Temple by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore.

It is a pleasant surprise to see Srivaru decked up as Mohini and riding in a bright white palanquin made of silver and ivory. The superbly carved palanquin highlighted the Mohini who cast her spell on non-believers and transformed them into His ardent disciples.

Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, TTDs, JEOs Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Raji Reddy, Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, Sri Munirathnam Reddy,DyEO(Temple) and others took part.

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Annual Brahmotsavam- Procession of SARVABHOOPALA VAHANAM on Sep 21

4th Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- Procession of SARVABHOOPALA VAHANAM on Sep 21

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Tirumala, Sep, 21 2012: 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.

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 .

Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, TTDs, JEOs Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Raji Reddy, Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, Sri Munirathnam Reddy,DyEO(Temple) and others took part.

RAIN Shots at Tirumala & Unjal Seva at Tirumala on Sep 20

RAIN Shots at Tirumala & Unjal Seva at Tirumala on Sep 20

Showers swept the hill shrine of Tirumala this evening bringing relief from monsoon heat across the ntire three km radius . Devotees woke from devotional bliss and rushed for cover in and around Srivari Temple.

Unjal Seva was performed to the processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy and His consorts at Vaibhotsavam Mandapam near Sri Vari Temple on the third day of ongoing Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on thursday evening.

3rd Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- MUTHYAPU PANDIRI VAHANAM on Sep 20

3rd Day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- MUTHYAPU PANDIRI VAHANAM on Sep 20

THIRD DAY – MUTHYAPU PANDIRI VAHANAM

Tirumala, Sep 20: In the evening of Day -3 of the Salaktla Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara appears before his devotees on a vehicle decorated with prices less and resplendent white pearls which spread the message of peace ,love and co-existence in the society.

Legend says that pearls, a produce of sea, is formed when the dew and rain drops into pearl chip in the ocean. Even Sri Krishna wears pearl nose rings and necklaces and Lord Venkateswara hailed as “Alankara priya”(lover of decoration).

During the Srivari Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara sat proudly along with his consorts sat in a vahanam decked up milk white pearls in the shape of a pandal.

The 26th chapter of Padmapuranam refers to an umbrella made ofpearls giving
shade to Lord Vishnu and several contemporary poets of the bygone days had described the hood of Adisesha giving cool shade of Pearl umbrella to the celestial deity.

Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, JEOs’ Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Rao, Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Raji Reddy, Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, CV&SO, , Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyE.O(Temple), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V.&S.O, Sri Venkataiah,Temple Peishkars and others were also present.

Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- Unjal Seva and Procession of HAMSA VAHANAM at Tirumala on Sep 19

Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam- Unjal Seva and Procession of HAMSA VAHANAM at Tirumala on Sep 19

Unjal Seva was performed to the processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy in the form of Goddess Saraswathi in front of the temple on the second day of ongoing Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on wednesday evening.

The grand procession of Lord Venkateswara on the second day of Salakatla Brahmotsavam on the beautiful HamsaVahanam is colourful feast to the tens
of thousands of eyes.

Lord Venkateswara as Malayalappaswami blessed his devotees as Veenapani Saraswati atop Hamsa or Swan.
Swan or Hamsa also stands out for its capabilities to weed out the good from the bad. In other words the celestial bird is known for its in-born virtues to segregate the milk from water in a pot of this mixed liquid. This denotes that Lord Venkateswara as Hamsavahanaroodha(the rider of swan vehicle) will weed out the bad qualities in a human being and retain only the good virtues.As saint –poet Annamacharya put it “Hamsa-cheti palu neeru-natlaye batuku” . In his embodiment as Veena pani atop the golden swan , Lord Venkateswara drives home the point among the devotees to give up ‘Aham’(ego)and to contribute their might in the service of mankind by helping the poor and needy.Srivari Hamsa Vahanam denotes the significance attached towards selfless service of everyone towards mankind and that ego and personal pride would keep them away from Lord Venkateswara and his divine blessings.TTD Chairman Sri K.Bapi Raju and TTD Executive Officer Sri L.V.Subramanyam, TTD Board Member Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, TTD JEO’s Sri K.S.Srinivasa Rao, Sri .Venkatarami Reddy, CV&SO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyE.O(Temple), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V.&S.O, Sri Venkataiah,Temple Peishkars and others were also present.

SNAPANA TIRUMANJANAM

SNAPANA TIRUMANJANAM

Srivari Temple (Tirumala), September 19: The first Snapana Thirumanjanam of the ongoing Salakatla Brahmotsavam was performed this afternoon at the Srivari Temple in a solemn manner.

The holy manjanam ritual was performed to the utsav Idols of Malayappa Swamy and his consorts at the Ranganayaka Mantapam.

The Agama exponent Sri Sundara Varada Bhattacharya led a team of 15 priests of the Lord Venkateswara in performing the ritual which would usher in peace, harmony and prosperity to man kind.

Sandalwood paste, Tulsi and perfumed and camphor scented water was used in performing the ritual which was witnessed by EO Sri L V Subramanyam and the TTD chairman Sri K Bapi Raju.

During the ritual the priests recited Divya Prabhat vachanam Nityavedatva and Panchasuktas.

TTD JEO Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Member Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, DIG Ms. Charu Sinha, Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyEO(Temple), Temple Peishkar Sri Venkataiah and others were also present.

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FOURTH DAY – KALPAVRIKSHA VAHANAM

FOURTH DAY – KALPAVRIKSHA VAHANAM

Tirumala, 21 Sep 2012: On the fourth day of Srivari Brahmotsavam, Lord Venkateswara being the boon giver takes ride on Kalpa Vruksha to bless his devotees with their sought after and wishful desires for which they vow to serve and worship him whole-heartedly.

On the celestial tree Kalpa Vruksha vahanam, Lord Malayappa went on a pleasure ride around the four-mada streets surrounding the Sri vari temple giving darshan to thousands of people who converged in gallaries to witness the grand procession in the ongoing Srivari Brahmotsavams. Legend says that Kalpa Vruksha was one of the elements that erupted when the Adisesha placed his vice grip on the Mandara Mountain where the Devatas- Demons tried to steal the Amrutam (celestial liquid).

Srimad Bhagavatham says that all those who took shelter under Kalpa vruksha will not have problems of starvation and poverty. The use of Kalpa Vruksha vahanam by Lord Venkateswara also denotes the importance given to environment, greenery and promotion of forests and cleans and pollution free atmosphere.

Legends also hail Lord Venkateswara himself as a ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ as he blesses every devotee with boons sought by them. The Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam of Lord Venkateswara is a magnificent sight of greenery as it is adorned with not only Kalpa Vruksha but also with the celestial elements of Kamadhenu and Chintamani which are also known for granting all boons to their devotees indicating that Lord Venkateswara was embodiment of all the three divine elements.

Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman TTDs, Sri L.V.Subramanyam, Executive Officer, JEOs’ Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Rao, Sri P.Venkatarami Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Raji Reddy, Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, Ms. Charu Singh, DIG, Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, CV&SO, Sri Prabhakara Rao, Supdt Of Police(Urban), Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyE.O(Temple), Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl C.V.&S.O, Sri Venkataiah,Temple Peishkars and others were also present.