EVERY DAY IS AN “ELEPHANTINE AFFAIR” IN TIRUCHANOOR DURING SRI PAT BTUs
The annual Karthika Brahmotsavams of Goddess of Prosperity and Serenity Sri Padmavathi Devi of Tiruchanoor is a grand, Elephantine affair and is witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Goddess Padmavathi Devi is the only female goddess who enjoys all Vahana sevas and annual festivals on par with Lord Venkateswara including annual Brahmotsavams, Teppotsavams, Vasanthotsavams etc.
“Hastinada Prabodhinim” is the famous Sanskrit verse. It indicates the attachment between Goddess and the elephant kings. In Puranas it has been described that the Goddess is being offered showers with milk by four tuskers representing four Vedas. That is why the abode of Goddess Padmavathi Devi who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi is revered as “Aa Gajantantam Aishwaryam” meaning the elephant is the symbol of prosperity.
ELEPHANT IS FAVOURITE CARRIER OF GODDESS
Like Garuda, the King of Aves, to Lord Venkateswara, Elephant is considered to be the most favourite vehicle of Goddess Padmavathi Devi. So starting from Dhwajarohanam, Vahana sevas, Gaja,Vahana Seva and Dhwajavarohanam, every where we see the importance of the majestic elephant.
ELEPHANTS IN DIVINE SERVICE
Every day during Vahana sevas, the grandeur of Goddess is lead by Padmavathi(38), Mahalakshmi(35), Padmaja(35), Vaishnavi(15) and Srinidhi(8). They are not the names of women artistes or devotees but of female pachyderms who are being blessed in the divine service of Ammavaru.
The female tuskers are the special attraction during the nine day annual event of Goddess Padmavathi Devi in Tiruchanoor. The procession of these elephants before Vahana sevas add that extra charm and glamour to the event.
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