NAHAVHNIKA BRAHMOTSAVAMS OF SAPTHAGIRISHA OFF TO A COLOURFUL START WITH DHWAJAROHANAM
Namostute Dhwajaay Sakala Bhuvana Janahitaaya
Vimala Bhodakaaya Mahita Mangalaaya
Tirumala, 23 September 2017: The devotees chant the above mantra, when the Dhwajarohanam –the divine flag hoisting ceremony is underway in the temple.
Dhwajaroahanam signifies the ceremonial commencement of annual brahmotsavams of Lord Vekateswara at Tirumala, formally inviting all the three crore deities mentioned in Hindu Santana Dharma to take part in the mega religious event, as the Garuda Flag flutters high on temple mast Dhwajasthambham.
GARUDA PATAAKA FLUTTERS HIGH TEMPLE MAST
Being the noble, dedicated and devoted follower of Lord Venkateswara, Garuda who is known as “Garudalwar” in Agama jargon takes the divine responsibility of inviting all deities. The image of Lord Garuda on holy flag is hoisted on the temple pillar amidst the chanting of vedic hymns by archakas and veda pundits thus marking the beginning of the nine-day religious ceremony of the Lord of Seven Hills.
There is a special significance to the hoisting of dhwaj. It’s a signal for the commencement of Brahmotsavams. The image that is drawn on the flag is very meaningful. Garuda Alwar will be pointing his right hand towards the sky, as if He is welcoming the Gods, whereas in the left hand He will be holding “Poorna Kumbham”, which is indicative of all good happenings. Not only this, five more kalash will be drawn which implies the five elements (Panchabhoota). Further, the images of bell, aarati, dhoop etc drawn will enliven the flag. Garuda adorned with ornaments made of serpents, images of Surya and Chandra bearing Thirunamam will signify the mightiness of Sri Garudalwar.
TTD EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal, Tirumala JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, CVSO Sri Ake Ravikrishna, Temple DyEO Sri Rama Rao, Peishkar Sri Ramesh and others took part.
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