GUV TAKES PART OF KOIL ALWAR TIRUMANJANAM
Tirumala, 5 April 2016: The honourable Governor of AP and TS, Sri ESL Narasimhan took part in the ceremonious Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam fete in Tirumala shrine on Tuesday which was observed in connection with Telugu Ugadi festival which falls on April 8.
GUV TURNS ALWAR: The first citizen of the state donned the guise of a devotee and participated in the traditional cleansing activity of the temple.
Normally Koil means ‘Holy Shrine’. Alwar means “Devotee”, Tirumanjanam means “Cleaning with aromatic ingredients”. Hence Koil Tirumanjanam is purification ceremony of sanctum santorum and temple premises by devotees.
PUJA ARTICLES CLEANSED:
During the ceremony all the deities and other articles are removed from santum santorum and cleansed while the “Mula Virat” is covered with a water- proof covering. The entire Garbha Griham, including floors, ceilings and walls, sub-shrines inside the sanctum, puja articles are cleaned with water and Tirumanjanam which is a composition of camphor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric Kicchili Gadda (a root vegetable) etc. is smeared, which acts as a disinfectant.
Usually this periodical festival is performed as a prelude to the four important festivals observed at the hill shrine which includes Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Ekadasi and the annual Brahmotsavams.
SARVA DARSHAN AFTER 11am:
After the Tirumanjanam activity between 6am and 10am, the devotees were allowed for darshan after 11am Onwards.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI