Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 9 – Morning

Thousands of pilgrims took a dip in the Holy Swami Pushkarini

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The last and one of the most important events during Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams where in thousands of pilgrims took part for taking bath in the Holy Swami Pushkarini , the Sudarshana Chakrasnana Mahotsavam, was performed with utmost religious fervour on Thursday.

SIGNIFICANCE

The Ayudha Pursha, anthropomorphic form of Lord Venkateswara, was rendered the celestial snapanam to the processional deities of Sri Malayappa Swamy, Sridevi, Bhu Devi and Sri Sudarshana Chakrattalwar. The deities were seated on the banks of Swamy Pushkarini in the front yard of Sri Bhu Varahaswamy temple.

The celestial snapanam commenced at 6 am. The fete commenced with Vishwaksena Aradhana, Punyahavachanam followed by Mukha Prakshalana. Later the snapanam was performed to the deities with milk, honey, coconut water, turmeric paste and sandal paste and the Vedic pundits recited Panchasuktas including Sri, Bhu, Neela, Purusha Suktams.

In the puranas, the Sudarshana Chakra was said to be made by the architect of gods, Vishwakarma. The Sudarshana Chakra is described to have 10 million spikes in two rows moving in opposite directions to give it a serrated edge. The Sudarshna Chakra is described as Prana, Maya, Kriya, Shakti, Bhava, Unmera, Udyama and Sankalpa. Sudarshana manifests in 5 main ways to wit the five Shaktis, which are creation, preservation, destruction, obstruction and obscuration.

It is observed as Upasamanotsavam for the deities, after a hectic eight-day and night Vahanam schedule during annual Brahmotsavams. The anthropomorphic form of Lord, Sri Sudarshana Chakrattalwar, will take a holy dip for three times in the sacred waters of Swamy Pushkarini to appease Him.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 8 – Evening

 

Vahana Sevas of Malayappa Swamy Culminates with Aswa Vahanam

 

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On the penultimate day of the ongoing Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Sri Malayappa Swamy who took the form of Kalki Avatar was taken for a celestial ride on Aswa vahanam in the Mada streets on the evening of Wednesday.

Riding the horse car Lord, displayed His stamina for speed and strength and enthralled the pilgrims who had descended on the hill shrine as the festival reaches conclusion.

The ‘Ashwa Vahanam’ procession denotes one of Lords most popular and well received avatars, Kalki – aGood Samaritan who fights evil and protects the righteous and good things in Kaliyuga.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 8 – Morning

 

Golden chariot rolls on Tirumala Mada streets

Splendor marked the ‘Rathotsavam’ event on Wednesday, the penultimate day of the nine-day Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams at Tirumala as the ecstatic chanting of ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ by the devotees hit the sky.

After the special rituals such as ‘Punyahavachanam’ and ‘Navagraha dhyanam,’ the processional deities of Sri Malayappa Swamy and his two divine consorts were ceremoniously mounted atop the Ratham amidst chanting of Vedic hymns by the temple pundits.

Tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the country participated in the divine procession that took place between 7.00 – 9.00 AM.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 7 – Evening

 

‘Darbar Krishna’ takes a royal ride in Chandra Prabha Vahanam

On the seventh day evening of the ongoing Navarathri Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, Sri Malayappa decked as “Darbar Krishna” took a royal ride in style on Chandra Prabha Vahanam.

Chanda, always considered as a pleasant astronomical body in the constellation. Chandra is always compared for beauty, pleasantries, purity, calmness.

Wearing a unique head gear, sitting in a majestic manner, Sri Malayappa blessed devotees.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 7 – Morning

 

Sun shines all the way for Surya Prabha Vahanam

 

On the seventh day of Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams the Sri Malayappa Swamy took a celestial ride atop the bright Surya Prabha Vahanam on Tuesday morning.

Surya, the Sun God, who is the key architect of life of humans, animals and plants became the Charioteer to drive the Surya Prabha Vahanam for Sri Malayappa Swamy who cheered the devotees as Surya Narayanamurthy.

According to Puranic texts Surya, the Sun God always rode on a chariot driven by seven horses. He spreads light and health in the world and also removes darkness, which symbolizes poverty, illiteracy and ignorance.. Saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharyat praises Venkatewswara as no other than the Sun God in the midst of the Sun’s Sphere.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 6 – Evening

Gaja Vahanam sways along the Mada Streets with Malayappa Swamy

On the evening of sixth day, Sri Malayappa Swamy, took a majesteic ride on Gaja Vahanam.

The unique feature about this vahanam is that it signifies the most famous episode of Gajendra Moksham where in Lord comes for the rescue of Elephant king when attacked by mammoth crocodile.

It shows that the Lord always comes to the rescue of His devotees when they pray to Him with an attitude of total surrender.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 6 – Morning

Sri Rama Chandra on Hanumantha Vahanam

On the sixth day morning on Monday, the Lord Malayappa Swamy in the guise of Venkatadri Sri Ramachandra Murthy took celestial ride on His humble and noble devotee Hanumantha Vahana on Monday.

Lord Hanuman symbolically stands for pure devotion, complete surrender and absence of ego. His character tells us what we can do in our lives by becoming pure, humble and surrender outselves to the almighty (saranagati).

With regard to character, strength and ability, Hanuman was far superior to even humans. His surrender to the divine cause and his devotion to Lord Rama was unique, exemplary and unconditional. Even today devotees say that wherever the name of Lord Rama is chanted or mentioned, this sacred being would be present there listening to the chanting of his name and absorbed in his thoughts.

 

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 5 – Evening

Lakhs witness Garuda Vahana Seva on Fifth day of Navratri Brahmotsavams 

In this Garudotsava, the Lord’s consorts do not take part.

Tirumala adorned a new look on Sunday evening as Lakhs of pilgrims thronged the hill town from all over the country like sand particles of beach to take part in Garuda Vahana Seva, the most important festive of Navaratri Brahmotsavams.

 

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 5 – Morning

Malayappa mesmerises devotees as ‘Mohini’

On the pleasant morning of Sunday during the ongoing Srivari Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Sri Malayappa Swamy as Mohini mesmerised the pilgrims with His unparalleled Beauty and Charm.

The role of Mohini is resplendent with the mythological lore of Samudra Mathanam where Sri Maha Vishnu takes Mohini avatar to share the divine nectar between gods (Devatas) and demons (Asuras) to balance cosmic battle for supremacy. However, the Gods had an upper hand in procuring nectar while he demons were caught in the Maya of Celestial Beauty, Mohini.

While Mohini in all Her resplendent is carried out on an ivory palanquin accompanied by Sri Krishna Swamy on another carrier.

Through this unique Avatar, Lord sends a message to His devotees that they should not fall prey to worldly desires and come out of ‘Maya’ of the luxuries of world.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 4 – Evening 

A majestic ride on Sarvabhoopala Vahanam

On the evening of the Saturday during the ongoing Navaratri Brahmotsvams, Sri Malayappa Swamy took out a majestic ride on Sarvabhoopala Vahanam and blessed the devotees who thronged the galleries of the four Mada streets of Tirumala signifying that He is the Lord of Lords.

The Lord was resplendent in the Navaneetha Krishna alankaram rich in flower and jewllery decorations, the alankaram signified krishna on the silver ladder trying to steal the butter from the vessel above depicting, one of the childhood episodes of krishna.

Sarvabhoopala means that the Supreme Commander of the entire cosmos.

The message that comes out of this Vahanam of Sarva Bhoopala is to indicate that Lord Venkateswara controlled the entire universe, to protect the people, which is the quality of a true leader. Legends list Sri Malayappa as the controller of all directions and under His instructions Indra (East), Agni (south-east), Yama (god of death on the South), Niruti (North – East), and Varuna on (West), Vayu (south-west) and Kubera (god of wealth on North) and Parameswara on (North-west) execute their job chart.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 4 – Morning

Raja Mannar Alankaram on Kalpavruksha Vahanam

Thousands of pilgrims witnessed the procession of Sri Malayappa Swamy on ‘Kalpavriksha Vahanam’ on the fourth day of the ongoing Navaratri Brahmotsavams on Saturday morning.

Flanked by His two divine consorts, Sri Malayalam was carried in a grand procession around the mada streets on the golden ‘Kalpavriksha (Tree of boons) Vahanam’.

It is widely believed that all the wishes of the devotees shall be fulfilled by just praying to the Lord while on this ‘Divine Tree Vahanam’ which according to Hindu mythology is one of the celestial components that had surfaced during the churning of the milky ocean (Ksheera Sagaram) even before the evolution of the universe.

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Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Day 3 – Evening

Lord on Mutyapu Pandiri Vahanam

On the third day of the ongoing nine-day annual Brahmotsavams, the processional deity of Sri Malayappa Swamy, as Sri Ramachandra Murthy mounted atop the `Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam’ was taken out in a grand procession last evening in Tirumala.

Holding bow in one hand and arrow in another, Lord flanked by His consort Sita on side and Sri Lakshmana Swamy on another side in “Sivadhanurbhangalankaram”, mused the pilgrims.

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