MATSYA JAYANTHI IN SRI VEDA NARAYANA SWAMY TEMPLE ON APRIL 2
TIRUPATI, MARCH 27: After the much awaited suryapuja mahotsavam where in the sun rays touched the presiding deity of lord Sri Veda Narayana Swamy in the only ancient temple that is dedicated to Matsyavatara incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu located about 70km from Tirupati, the temple is set for yet another major event of Matsya Jayanthi which will be celebrated in a grand manner on April 2.
This temple was constructed by emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar dynasty in 16th century and stands as a classic example of Vijayanagara style of architecture. As per the legends, it is believed that Lord Sri Vishnu killed the demon Somakudu here, taking the form of Matsya (Fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and retrieved the Vedas from him.
There fore the grabha griha or the sanctum sanctorum, houses the image of Lord Vishnu in Matsya form along with Sridevi and Bhudevi on either sides. A peculiar feature of the idol is that it holds the Sudarshana Chakra, the weapon of Lord Vishnu, in prayoga style (meaning ready for release to kill demon).
On Matsya Jayanthi, the day begins with Suprabhata Seva to lord by 5am followed by Thomala and Sahasranamarchana. Later the Matsya Jayanthi Utsavam, wherein the procession of processional diety will taken out in the steets between 6.30am to 8.30am . This ceremony is followed by Snapana Tirumanjanam between 9am to 10am. In the evening there will be procession of Lord on Garuda Vahana between 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
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