Annual Sevas In Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams
Teppotsavam, annual float festival, is celebrated for five days during Phalguna month at Tirumala Tirupati Swami Pushkarini Theertham. The annual Teppotsavam begins on Phalguna Dashami and ends on Phalguna Pournami, the Full Moon day in Falguna month. In 2010, Teppotsavam festival will start on February 24th and end on February 28th, 2010. During the five-day float festival at Swami Pushkarini teertham, Lord Sri Ram, Goddess Sita, and Lakshmana are worshipped on first day and on second day Lord Sri Krishna and Rukmini Devi are offered worship.
Starting from Falguna Trayodashi, Lord Malayappa Swamy along with Goddess Sridevi and Bhudevi are worshipped till the concluding day Phalgun Purnima. The idols of the above deities are adorned with grand jewellery and garlands in a beautifully decorated boat and taken out for a procession in Swami Pushkarini Theertham. This float festival attracts millions of devotees.
Vasanthotsavam is an annual Seva celebrated in Tirumala to celebrate the arrival of spring season.Vasantotsavam is the combination of 2 words - "Vasantha" (Spring season in Sanskrit) and "Utsavam" (festival in Sanskrit). The festival is celebrated on the three days of tryodasi, chaturdasi and pournimi in the month of Chaitra In the Gregorian calendar, the festival occurs between the end of March through mid-April.
This festival is celebrated in May. The specially arranged Kalyana Mandapam in the Narayanagiri gardens is the venue of the celstial wedding of Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Pomp and gaiety mark this three - day celebration performed in the evening. In this colorful ceremony conducted on Navami, Dasami and Ekadasi in the month of Vaisakha, Sri Malayappaswami, the festival deity of Lord Venkateswara, arrives in style on Gaja, Asva and Garuda Vahanas while Sridevi and Bhudevi arrive on separate palanquins. Every day after the wedding in the Kalayana Mandapam 'Koluvu' is held. A number of cultural proframmes like Harikatha, dance and music take place. Later the Lord along with Sridevi and Bhudevi return to the temple. thus, the three-day long grand wedding cermony comes to a close. Devotees who purchase tickets for the wedding cermony performed each day can take part in this annual seva.
No day passes off at Tirumala without on festival or other. Hence,all days are auspicious at the abode of Lord Srinivasa. Abhdyeka Abhishekam is one such festival which emphasises the incomparahle flory of Lord Srinivasa. The essential purpose of this abhishekam is to protect the Utsava deities - Sri Malayappaswami, Sridevi and Bhudevi from damage which might occur while conducting processions and Tirumanjanam.
As the festival is performed in the month of Jyesta (July) when the star Jyesta is in ascendant, it is also called as Juestabhishekam. This is a three-day festival. After the second bell, Sri Malayappaswami with Sridevi and Bhudevi is brought to the kalyanotsava mantapa in the Sampingi Pradakshina. After the Snapana Tirumanjanam on the first day, Vajrakavacham (armour studded with daimonds) is adorned to the deities and they are taken out in procession along the temple streets. On the second day after snapana Tirumanjanam, the deities dressed up with the Muthyala kavcham (the coat of pearls), are taken out in procession with all praphernalia. the deities are splendidly adroned with svarna kavacham (the armour of gold) on the third day. Throughout the year, the utsavamurtis put on the resplendent Svarna kavacham to the delight of the devotees.
As per the tradition folleowd by the Devasthanams, temple accounts begin from Dakshinayana (winter solstice) in July. Anivara Asthanam, the grand durbar festival of Lord Venkateswara, is celebrated on that day (usually on Julu 16).
On this day the previous year's accounts are submitted to the Lord and begins a new financial yaea opening a new book. All the principal officers of the temple deposit their insignia of office at the feet of the Lord and take them back. The significance of the cermony is that the Lord allows them to hold their respective offices as He found them fit.
In the evening the Lord is taken round in procession on a richly decorated floral palanquin. It is a remarkable spectacle for devotees who patircipate in this arjita seva to see and enjoy the majestic presence of the Lord. Sri Malayappa Swami and His consorts are wxquistely adorned with ornaments and garlands during this seva.
Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam
Koil Alwar means 'Holy Shrine'. The main purpose of performing koil Tirumanjanam is purification of sanctum santorum and temple premises. During the cermony all the murtis and other articles are removed from santum santorum and the mula murti is covered with water- proof covering. The entire garbhafriham, including floors, ceilings and walls are then cleaned and brushed well eith plenty of water. The whole place is then smeared with kunkum, champor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric etc. as disincecant. the covering of the main deity is then removed and the deities, deepam and other articles are replaced inside. Purificatory pujas and Naivedyams are the offered to thedeity. This ceremony performed strictly as per the agamas is conducted in a year four times: (1) before Ugadi (2) before Anivara Asthanam (3) before Vaikunta Eakadasi (4) before Annual Brahmotsavam.
Pavithrotsavam is an annual ritual in the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh. Pavithrotsava is derived from the combination of two words Pavithra (holy) and utsava (festival). This utsava is penitential as well as propitiatory and its main objective is to get rid of the evil that might have been caused due to omissions and commissions in the performance of various rituals throughout the year. The festival is also known as Dosha Nivaarana (error correction),Sarva Yajna Phalapradha (The One ritual that equals the holiness of rites all year long),Sarva Doshopasamana (Removal of all errors), Sarva Tushtikara, Sarvakaamapradha, Sarvalokasantida
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