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Friday, October 31, 2008

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.

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