KOIL ALWAR TIRUMANJANAM IN TIRUMALA SHRINE
Tirumala, 23 Sep. 14: Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam’ was performed on Tuesday in the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara amidst religious fervour in connection with the Salakatla Brahmotsavam that is scheduled from Sep 26.
The main purpose of performing koil Tirumanjanam is purification of sanctum sanctorum and templepremises. During the ceremony all the murthies and other articles are removed from santum santorum and the mula murthi is covered with water-proof covering. The entire garbhagriham, including floors, ceilings and walls are then cleaned and brushed well with plenty of water. The whole place is then smeared with kunkum, camphor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric etc. as disinfectants. The covering of the main deity is then removed and the deities and other articles are replaced inside. Purification pujas and Naivedyams are then offered to the deity.
This ceremony performed strictly as per the agamas is usually conducted four times in a year i.e before Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Eakadasi and Annual Brahmotsavams.
TTD EO Sri M.G.Gopal, JEOs Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Temple DyEO Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam and employees took part in the mass cleansing temple festival which lasted from 6am to 10am on Tuesday. Later the pilgrims are allowed for darshan after 11am.
Meanwhile TTD has cancelled Astadala Pada Padmaradhana Seva in connection with this temple cleansing ceremony.
ISSUED BY TTDS PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI