2ND DAY OF SALAKATLA BRAHMOTSAVAM- PROCESSION OF HAMSA VAHANAM
TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS
SECOND DAY – HAMSA VAHANAM
Tirumala, 27 September 2014: The grand procession of Lord Venkateswara on the second day of Salakatla Brahmotsavam on the beautiful Hamsa Vahanam is colourful feast to the tens of thousands of eyes. Lord Venkateswara as Malayappa swamy blessed his devotees as Veenapani Saraswati atop Hamsa or Swan.
Swan or Hamsa also stands out for its capabilities to weed out the good from the bad. In other words the celestial bird is known for its in-born virtues to segregate the milk from water in a pot of this mixed liquid. This denotes that Lord Venkateswara as Hamsa vahanaroodha(the rider of swan vehicle) will weed out the bad qualities in a human being and retain only the good virtues.
As saint –poet Annamacharya put it “Hamsa-cheti palu neeru-natlaye batuku”. In his embodiment as Veena pani atop the golden swan, Lord Venkateswara drives home the point among the devotees to give up ‘Aham’(ego)and to contribute their might in the service of mankind by helping the poor and needy. Srivari Hamsa Vahanam denotes the significance attached towards selfless service of everyone towards mankind and that ego and personal pride would keep them away from Lord Venkateswara and his divine blessings.
Specified Authority Chairman Sri Jagadish Chandra Sharma, Executive Officer Sri Sri M.G.Gopal, Joint Executive Officer Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, CV&SO Sri G Srinivas, ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, DyEO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam, Parpathyedar Sri Doraswamy Naik and others were present.
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