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Friday, October 31, 2008

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.

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