Tirumala, 5 August 2014: The Ankuraropana mahotsavam for the three-day pavitrorsavam has been performed with religious fervour in Tirumala on Tuesday evening.

Ankurarpanam or Beejavapanam is considered to be very important first and foremost ritual in Vaikhanasa Agama before performing any annual religious ceremony. “Ankruarpanam” means sowing of seeds and nine different type of seeds are being sowed marking the beginning of the religious ceremony. It is believed that the essence of this ritual is to make a “Sankalpa” to celebrate the utsavam in a successful manner and obtain the grace of Lord.

The ritual commenced with the procession of Sri Senadhipathi Varu to Vasanta Mandapam and religious ceremonies including “Mritsangrahanam” has been performed. Later the procession led to Yagasala inside Tirumala shirne and the remaining rituals have been performed. Initially the nine pots called “Palikas” are decorated by wrapping up a new cloth and Punyahavachanam has been performed. While sowing nine different type of seeds in nine pots “Soma Raja Mantra” and “Vishnusukta” has been recited by the archakas while “Varuna Mantra” was rendered while sprinkling water. The watering and ligtening of ghee lit lamps should be done every day to these nine pots which signifies keeping the mind alert and be attentive till the festival is completed without any obstacle.

TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva following the ritual on Tuesday. The Pavitrotsavams will be from August 6 to 8 in Sri Vari temple and TTD has cancelled all arjitha sevas during these three days.

Temple Peishkar Sri R Selvam, Bokkasam Incharge Sri Gururaja Rao, Potu Peishkar Sri Kesava Raju, Parpathyedar Sri Ajay and others took part.