STAGE SET FOR SRI VENAKTESWARA VAIBHAVOTSAVAMS IN NEW DELHI
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 29: The stage has been set to celebrate the nine-day celestial fete of Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavams which will commence in Gate Number 2 of the spacious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium located at Bhishmapitamaha Marg in New Delhi from Friday and conclude on November 8.
After receiving the overwhelming response in first three phases, the temple management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) which administers the temple affairs of the world famous Hindu religious shrine of Lord Venkateswara also popular by name Lord Balaji had decided to organise the religious fete in the country’s capital in its fourth phase. Through this programme, the devotees of Lord will get an opportunity to witness all the rituals that are being performed in Tirumala temple in the replica temple created at New Delhi for the mega festival.
The team of priests who are deputed for the occasion will perform the rituals starting from the pre-dawn and foremost ritual Suprabhatam to Ekantam with which the daily prayers concludes in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara. A peep into the various rituals that are going to be performed during Sri Venakteswara Vaibhavotsavams in New Delhi as follows:
SUPRABHATAM(6:45am): The archakas will render Stotram, Prapatti, Mangalasasanam which are also a part of Suprabhatam with grace and perfection. Suprabhatam comprises of 70 slokas, composed by Prativadi Bhayankara Annan, a disciple of the celebrated Vaishnava Preceptor, Manavala Mamuni. It is considered to be the “Awakening” seva of Lord.
The replica idol of Sri Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy which was laid to rest will be taken back to the Garbhalaya and placed in front of the main deity after Suprabhata Seva.
THOMALA(7:15am): This yet another important seva, which is nothing but decorating Lord with flower garlands amidst chanting of vedic mantras by temple priests.
KOLUVU(8:00am): After decorating the Lord, Koluvu follows and the importance of the day including Nakshatra, Tithi etc. as per Hindu almanac will be read out in front of Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy who was made to sit in a special Asan.
ARCHANA(8:15am to 9:00am): Later follows Sahasranamarchana where in the archakas render prayers by chanting His 1000 divine names signifying the glory of the main deity.
NIVEDANA AND SATTUMORA(9:00am to 9:15am): After completing the pre-dawn rituals, the main Lord, utsavarulu will be offered Naivedyam in the form of Annaprasadam which is called Nivedana. This Nivedana will be rendered thrice a day during morning, afternoon and evening after first bell, second and third respectively.
This follows Sattumora, where the Srivaishnavacharyas render Divya Prabandha Parayanam before main deity.
SARVA DARSHANAM (9:15am to 5:00pm): The devotees will be allowed for Sarva Darshan after the completion of all morning rituals and it continued till evening.
SAHASRA DEEPALANKARA SEVA(5:30pm to 6:30pm): In the evening, the processional deity of Lord Sri Malayappa Swamy flanked by His two consorts is made to sit on a swing and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva will be performed in the light of over 1000 ghee lamps behind.
EKANTA SEVA(8:30pm to 9:00pm): The heavy schedule of the day concludes with Ekanta Seva in the night, where the idol of Sri Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy was laid to rest on a bed with the rendition of Annamaiah Jola Pata rendered by the successors of Saint Poet Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya and later Tarigonda Harati was offered to deity marking the closure of the daily rituals.
Apart from the above rituals, the priests also perform special pujas like Sudarshana Homam on October 31, Vasanthotsavam on November 1, Visesha Puja on November 2, Astadala Padapadmaradhana on November 3, Sahasra Kalasabhishekam on November 4, Tiruppavada on November 5, Abhishekam on November 6, Srinivasa Kalyanam – the celestial wedding of Lord with His two consorts on November 7 and Pushpa yagam on November 8.
ISSUED BY TTD PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI