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Friday, October 31, 2008

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.

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