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Friday, October 31, 2008

Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam Begins






As caparisoned temple elephants saluted and thousands of devotees sat outside the temple watching the event occurring inside on plasma televisions. The Srivari Brahmotsavam-2008 began at the sumuhurtam of Meena lagnam with the ‘dwajarohanam’ after 6.45 in the evening.

The Tirumala township dazzled with the illuminations of Lord Venkateswara , his consorts and other Hindu deities as thousands waited with bated breath for the commence of the annual event. Earlier in the evening the Malayalappa swamy was taken in a procession preceded by the Brahma ratham and other commanders of the army of Lord Vishnu -Viswaksena, Anagada and Hanumantha by the temple palanquin carriers.

The chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy landed in the evening to participate in the Brahmotsavam. He walked the distance of over 150 meters from Anjaneyaswamy temple up to the temple carrying the official offerings of silk by government of AP to the deity on the occasion of the Brahmotsavam.

For the last two years the Chief Minister has been making the officials offering on the inaugural day of the Brahmotsavam instead of the fifth day in view of the huge crowds arriving at Tirumala on that day -the day of auspicious Garudotsavam.

The chief minister also inaugurated the Kaustubham guest house built within 12 months at a cost of Rs.15 crore consisting of 220 rooms. Later the he also laid foundation for the Rs.340 crore SV Drinking Water Scheme and the Ananda Nilayam Ananta Swarnamayam Pathakam estimated to cost Rs.100 crore in the first phase .

The chief Minister will stay put in Tirumala for the night and will leave for Hyderabad next morning.

The first of the Brahmotsavam vahanas " Pedda Shesha Vahanam " procession was a feast for all devout pilgrims who thronged the vast grounds around the tirumala temple all along the sacred four mada streets.

The entire area , as huge as a foot ball ground with the temple in the midst has been cordoned off with steel barricades and fully illuminated and wired up with audio system and plasma TV’s for the benefit of the devotees .

The shrill slogan of " Govinda, Govinda " ranted the air as the Pedda Shesha Vahanam came out of temple and went around for over two hours in the mada streets enthralling the thousands of pilgrims waiting since evening for them.

"People will wait for the holy darshan of the deity on the Lord Venkateswara till mid night” says Sri. Ramana Dikshtitulu, the chief priest of the TTD.

Lord Malayappaswamy on Chinna Sesha Vahanam - IInd Day of Brahmotsavam





Lord Malayappaswamy on Hamsa Vahanam - IInd Day of Brahmotsavam



Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy in the form of Goddess Saraswathi is taken out in procession atop Hamsa Vahanam on 2nd day of Ongoing Sri Vari Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Thursday. TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary took part.

3rd day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam – Simha Vahanam





Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy taken out in procession of Simha Vahanam


On the third day of the Srivari Brahmotsavam , Lord Venkateswara will give darshan outside his temple to lakhs devotees who come from all over the world on his vehicle of Simha ( Lion ) .

The incarnation of Lord Vishnu as the Mrugendrudu (most ferocious and strong among the animals) is an indication of Lord Venkateswara as a powerful entity born to punish the erring anti social elements on the universe for protection of the righteous, poor and the weaker sections in the society .

Being a Simha , is the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as 'Narasimha' whom the puranas and legends speak in volumes of his drive against 'Dushta' ( wrong doers) and protection of the weak, poor and the god fearing persons.

In the Yoga shastra – a Lion was seen as an embodiment of power and speed . The valor of Lord Venkateswara who had made such an animal as his vehicle is thus displayed in abundance. The statues of Lions in the Ananda Nilayam in the Srivari temple complex displayed the affection of Lord Venkateswara for Lions.

The idols of Narasimha in Yoga mudra in the temple and also the idol of Lakshmi Narasimha on the way to Tirumala exhibit the significance of Lion ( Simha) in the celestial entourage of Lord Venkateswara.

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world .

TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, TTD Board Members Sri Ch.Sathyanarayana, Dr. Anjaiah, DyE.Os Sri Siddiah, Sri Prabhakara Reddy, Sri Umapathy, Peishkar Sri Murali, E.E. Sri Jagan Mohan Reddy and huge number of devotees took part in the procession.

Lord Malayappaswamy of Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam



Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy along with His consorts were taken out in procession atop Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam on 3rd day of ongoing Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Friday night.


Lord Venkateswara appears before his devotees on the third day of the Srivari Brahmotsavam on a vehicle decorated with prices less and resplendent white pearls which denoted peace and patience .

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 wore pearl nose rings and necklaces and Lord Venkateswara hailed as “ Alankara priyudu”

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 26 th chapter of Padmapuranam refers to an umbrella made of pearls 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 diety.

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world.

Lord Malayappaswamy of KalpavrukshaVahanam



Processional Deity of Lord Malayapppaswamy and His consorts taken out in procession of Kalpavriksha Vahanam on the 4th day of ongoing Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Saturday.


On the fourth day of Srivari Brahmotsavam, Lord Venkateswara adorns the role of Kalpa Vruksha to bless his devotees with their sought after desires for which they vow to serve and worship him .

He rides on the Kalpa Vruksha vahanam and goes around the four mada streets around the temple giving darshan to thousands of people who come for witnessing the Srivari Brahmotsavam.

Legend says that Kalpa Vruksha was one of the elements what erupted when the Adisesha placed his vice grip on the Mandara Mountain where the Deva- Asuras tried to steal the Amrutam (celestial liquid). All those who took shelter under Kalpa vruksha did not have problems of starvation and poverty, says the classic literature of Srimad Bhagavatham.

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 even in the days of Vedas and mythology." Many mythological literature also hail Lord Venkateswara as a 'Kalpa Vruksha" as he blessed every devotee with boons sought by them " says Ramana Dikshitulu, chief preist of TTD.

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 elements of Kamadhenu and Chintamani who are also known granting all boons to their devotees indicating that he was embodiment of all the three

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day. The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world.

4th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam – Sarvabhoopala Vahanam






















Lord Malayappaswamy along with His consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi taken out in procession on Sarvabhoopala Vahanam.

The Srivari Brahmotsavam the Malayalappa swamy alias Lord Venkateswara presents himself as the king of kings to his devotees who throng Tirumala on the Sarva bhoopala Vahanam.

Sarva bhoopala means the Devas in charge of the earth, water and air become the pall bearers of his vehicle . Along with the Sarva Bhoopalas, the Dikpala’s of East-West and South-North etc also join in his service.

“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 Bhoopala 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 to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

5th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam – Mohini Avatharam






Lord Malayappa Swamy varu as Mohini Avatharam with Golden Parrot in Ivory Palanquin along with Sri Krishna Swamy Varu.


On the fifth day of Srivari Brahmotsavam Lord Venkateswara stuns his devotees by appearing as a dazzling Mohini and alives up to his reputation as an “alankara priyudu ( well dressed and be-jewelled handsome personality ).

At the same Lord Venkateswara appears as a child Srikrishna before his countless devotees on a pallaki ( palanquin ) made of Ivory and Rose wood presented to the Temple by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore .

As legends put it his appearance as bejeweled Mohini puts puts the Asura’s in confusion and wins the celestial battle in favour of the Devatas . The objective of the Mohini avatar is said to be to depict that the entire universe is spell bound under the Maya Mohini and that the Lord of Tirumala is the king pin and 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 the Lord had sent a message that the entire universe was a creation of his Maya and those who do not worship him were also hypnotized under the spell of his Mohini avatar to become his followers .

“ It is a pleasant surprise to see Srivaru decked up as Mohini and riding in a bright white palanquin made of silver and ivory “ says Dr. A V Ramana Dikshitulu , head priest of TTD. The superbly carved palanquin highlighted the beauty of Mohini who cast her spell on non believers and made them her ardent disciples.

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world.

TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, TTD Board Members Dr. Anjaiah, Sri Ch.Sathyanarayana, DyE.O’s Sri Siddiah, Sri Prabhakara Reddy, SVETA Director Sri Bhuman and others took part.

5th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam – Garuda Vahanam







Lord Malayappa Swamy varu on Garuda Vahanam and pilgrims in front of the Sri Vari Temple.
The Garuda Vahanam on the sixth day of the Srivari 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 heralded the event and invited all the Devatas for the event on earth .

As the Key watcher of happenings around Lord Vishni , Garuda also supervises the course of the entire Srivari Brahmotsavam , say the legends .

On the day of Garudotsavam , the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh presented the official honours to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara. Similarly traditional gifts of Tulasi garlands from Puttur temple and the decorated umbrellas from Chenna patnam were also presented to the deity on that day .

Garuda finds mention in all the puranas and scriptures of mythological period.Garuda seva is prominent in 108 countries around the globe including the Asian and South Asian countries .

Large crowds from Tirupathi and other towns of the district besides the far off towns and distant cities and also overseas 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 " says Dr.A.V.Ramana Dikshitulu , chief preist of Tirupati .

Garuda functions as a servant, friend, life supporter, insignia , 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 " says Dikshitulu .

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day. The event is broadcast by the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti channel which has set up live coverage of the event with its state of art equipment to give a glimpse of the Brahmotsvam event to lakhs of devotees all over the world.

5th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam –Hanumantha Vahanam



On the sixth day of Srivari Brahmotsavam, the presiding deity of Tirumala gives his darshan to his devout followers on the Hanuman Vahanam.

Hanuman is considered one of the top devotees of Lord Vishnu in one of his avatars as Lord Rama. He is also hailed as an exponent of all four Vedas, Nava vyakarana pundit and destroyer of Laka .

Hanuman is considered as an embodiment of Wisdom, Muscle power, Victory, Braveness, health, over active, fearless and common sense. One of the hillocks on the Tirumala hill range is also named as Anjanadri. Known as a vary putra of Anjana born out of power of ‘tapas’, Hanuman.

As one ardent devotee who carried Sri Rama on his shoulders, Hanumans association with Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Lord Rama is nothing unsual .It is said that Lord Sri Rama had taught the secrets of Atma Tatva his most loyal disciple, Hanuman . The Sita Ramanjaneya Samvadam is the basic theme of a Telugu poetry of yester years.

Thus the darshan of Lord Venkateswara along with Hanuman is considered not only auspicious but also as an high intellectual association. “ The appearance of both Lord Rama and Hanuman is said to inspire the pundits for an extensive exploration of Vedic scriptures and promote righteous life style “ says Dr. A.V . Ramana Maharshi, the chief priest of TTD.

Hanuman is also described as Bhavishyat Brahma for his blessings and acts denote a special and spiritual path for everyone to abide to lead a peaceful and prosperous livelihood.

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Dr. Anjaiah, Smt. Indira Reddy, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, C.V&S.O Sri B.V.Ramana Kumar, TTD Officials and devotees took part.

Procession of Golden Chariot in connection with Sri Vari Brahmotsavam



Processional deity of Lord Malayappaswamy along with His consorts were taken out in procession on Golden Chariot on 6th day of Ongoing Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Monday.

6th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam –GajaVahanam




In the evening of the sixth day of Srivari Brahmotsavam at tirumala, Lord Venkateswara enthralls the devotees on the Gaja Vahanam. Elephant as been a vehicle of the Tirumala deity from time immemorial .

Elephant as a vehicle is a symbol of wealth of not only the rich but also of the deities of prominent temples in the country .The wealth of Lord Venkateswara Tirumala is wellknown as he is said to be the Kanchana brahma , the one who heard the tinkling of coins trickling into his Hundi every day in thousands and lakhs .

Gaja is representing Iravata- he four ivory teethed elephant which was one of the products of the Mandira parvatam mathanam by Adishesha, says Dr.A.V.Ramana Dikshitulu ,the chief priest of Tirumala temple .

The procession of Lord Venkateswara well decorated with jewellery of pearls, diamonds and other precious stones atop the Elephant chariot is a celestial sight for all of his devotees though the presence of the elephant corps of the Temple behind the chariots on all days of the Brahmotsavam is well known .

The mythological lore of Gajendra Moksha of how Lord Vishnu descended to rescue the Gajendra whose feet was caught by the crocodiles. Thus Gajendra concept occupies a dominant position in the realm of ones surrendering to Lord Venkateswara and seeking his blessing as part of repentance.

As contemporary Vedic exponent Geetacharya says “Sava Dharmana Parityajya Ma mekam Sharanam Vraja” , is the message of repentance for devotees to surrender themselves in service of Lord Venkateswara .

The TTD has organized special seating arrangements along the four mada streets to enable thousands of people to sit around the temple and witness the procession which lasted several hours in the evenings of Brahmotsavam every day.

TTD Chairman Sri D.KAudikesavulu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Sri Yadaiah, Dr. Anjaiah, Smt. Indira Reddy, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, F.A&C.A.O Smt. Anitha Shah Akella, SVETA Director Sri Bhuman, Dist Collector Sri Ravichandra and devotees took part.

7th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam –Suryaprabha Vahanam

procession of Suryaprabha Vahanam









On 7 th day of Srivari Annula Brahmostavam Lord Malayappa Mounted on Suryaprabha Vahanam around four mada streets in Tirumala and blessed thousands of pilgrims. The Sun is considered the cosmic effulgence that gives light and heat to us. It is the brightest star in the solar system and is deified by people from a very ancient period. The Sun is worshipped as one who cures illness, gives energy and controls climate. Hence, propitiation of the Sun god for good health and bumper harvest became part and parcel of our religious practices. Without the Sun, life on earth will be impossible. When the Sun god is displeased, natural calamities occur and plant and animal life withers. According to the Puranas, Lord Sriman Narayana is the presiding deity of the Surya mandala. The Sun god is invoked by chanting the famous Gayatri mantra at sunrise in order to ward off evil and for enlightenment. In the Samaveda, the vedic rishi proclaims that Surya is light and light is Surya.

In a beautiful hymn in the Rig veda Surya is called the Eternal law. The procession of Lord Srinivasa on Suryaprabha Vahanam reiterates the Lord's supremacy, being the controller of all that is moving and unmoving. The worship of the Lord on Suryaprabha vahanamis likened to the worship of Lord Narayana in the orb of the Sun.

Endowment Minister Sri J.Rathnakara Rao, TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, Dist Collector Sri Ravichandra, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Sri Ch.Sathyanarayana, Sri Yadaiah, Dr. Anjaiah, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, TTDs DyE.O’s Sri Prabhakara Reddy, Sri Siddiah, Sri Umpathy, Temple Peishkar Sri Ramakrishna Varma, Potu Peishkar Sri Murali, SVETA Direcotor Sri Bhuman and devotees took part.

7th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam –Chandraprabha Vahanam




On the 7th day night of Srivari Annual Brahmotsavams Lord Sri Malayappa Swamy carried on Chandra Prabha Vahanam. If the Sun is fiery hot, the Moon is cool and refreshing. Hence the glowing lustre of the Suryaprabha Vahanam is complimented by the lambent aura of the Chandraprabha vahanam. Lord Krishna states that He is moon among stars. Besides, the Lord nourishes all herbs by becoming the sapful moon (Gita 15 : 13). Similarly, the Lord of Seven Hills is the Coolest refuge for His devotees. The soft cool rays of His mercy radiate externally from the golden hills of Tirumala. On seeing the Lord seated on Chandraprabha Vahanam, the devotees feel refreshed. According to the ancient poetic concept the Moon's presence gives joy to the entire world. It creates a heightened feeling of peace and tranquility. That being so, how much peace and serenity would pervade on witnessing the Lord's procession on Chandraprabha Vahanam.

8th day of Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam – Rathotsavam








Devotees seen pulling the chariot of Lord Venkateswara and His Consorts round the four mada streets in Tirumala on Wednesday as part of the Rathothsavam.


Rathotsavam on the eighth day morning of srivari annual brahmotsavam can be considered the climax of the nine-day festival. On this day the Lord and His consorts go round the temple streets on beautifully decorated ratha or chariot.

Chariots were used in our country from very ancient days and many silpa texts elaborately6 describe construction of various types of chariots. Rathas or chariots in which kings and military generals traveled were drawn by horses. In the Mahabharata we find that rathas were indispensable during wars and they often determined the victory or defeat in a battle.

Here Lord Srinvasa is the invincible king who Lords over all the universe. Therefore, His procession on a chariot is a reminder of His omnipotence and undiminishing splendour. Rathastham kesavam drashvra punarjanma na vidyate, one who has the darsan of Kesava i.e., Lord Narayana, seated on ratha is freed from rebirth. There is no doubt that one who worships Lord Venkateswara seated on ratha will receive His abundant Grace, relieving the tedium of being born again and again.

In philosophical parlance, ratha is compar4ed to physical body while atma to rathi, the charioteer. An integrated life is possible only when body and soul are properly coordinated. If this concept is stretched a little further, we may find comparison of jiva to a ratha and rathi or charioteer to Paramatma. A jiva reaches the goal of self-realisation only when it acts according to the will of God.

Hon’ble Ministers Sri Jana Reddy, Sri J.Rathanakara Rao, Dist Collector Sri Ravichandra, TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Sri Yadaiah, Sri Ch. Sathyanarayana, Smt. Indira Reddy, Sri Gattu Subramanyam, Dr. Anjaiah, TTDs Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, TTD JEO Sri V.Seshadhri, DyE.O’s Sri Prabhakara Reddy, Sri Siddiah, Dist Supdt of Police Sri Lakshmi Reddy, C.V&S.O Sri B.V.Ramana Kumar and others took part.

Sri Vari Brahmotsavam concludes with Chakrasnanam






Devotees, who came from different parts of the country, took a `holy dip' in the `Srivari pushkarini' (temple tank) in connection with the `Chakrasnanam' observed on the concluding day (ninth day) of the `Brahmotsavam' on Thursday.

Religious fervour marked the occasion. Lord Chakratalwar was taken around in procession early in the morning to Varahaswamy temple where priests conducted `Snapana thirumanjanam.'

Thousands of pilgrims, who congregated on the holy steps of the `pushkarini,' waiting patiently for the auspicious moment when the temple priests immersed the idol of Lord Chakra in the sacred tank, plunged into the holy waters.

Hon'ble Ministers Sri Jana Reddy, Sri J.Rathnakara Rao, Dist Collector Sri Ravichandra, TTD Chairman Sri D.K.Audikesavulu Naidu, TTD E.O Sri K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Dr. Anjaiah, Sri Yadaiah, Sri Gattu Subramanayam, Sri CH.Sathyanarayana, Smt. Indira Reddy, TTD Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, TTD JEO Sri V.Seshadhri, C.V&S.O Sri B.V.Ramana Kumar, DyEO Sri Siddiah, Sri Prabhakara Reddy, Dist Supdt of Police Sri Lakshmi Reddy and others took a holy dip in the pushkarni.