Tirumala, October 14: On the maiden day of the Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Lord Malayappaswamy rode on the seven hooded seven hooded serpent Pedda Sesha Vahanam on the first day of the nine day Srivari Brahmotsavams on Wednesday night.

Accompanied by His Consorts, the lord enthralled the pilgrims who had milled on the galleries of four mada street in the form of Vaikunta Narayana as he sat majestically on the Pedda Sesha Vahanam. When the Vahanam was brought out of the Vahana Mandapam, the entire pious and devotee crowd of Tirumala reverberated with chants of Govinda Namams.

The mighty serpent plays a vital role in Hindu Mythology as it is on this mammoth snake that Lord Vishnu reclines while sleeping in the milky sea. Usually peddasesha vahanam is being regarded as Adisesha the 1000-hooded snake (Here in this vahanam this snake has seven hoods and is believed to represent the seven hills of lord venkateswara). He is the first born of the serpents.

The Adisesha dons different accessories for Lord Venkateswara as residing place (seven hills), bed, umbrella (giving shelter with his hoods), as ornament and any more. According to legend, mused by his service Lord has conferred another honor upon him to bear the earth upon his head and support her great weight with stability.

Pedda Sesha Vahanam represents Adiseshu and it is a age old tradition to commence Vahana Sevas during Brahmotsavams with Pedda Sesha Vahanam.While the Vahanam bearing Lord Malayappa inched along the four mada streets,devotees vied with one another to have a glimpse of the lord.

Scores of devotees, who thronged both sides of the four mada streets, offered prayers to the lord of seven hills with folded hands held above their heads Many offered harati in long queues and the archakas patiently fulfilled all the requests of the devotees.Nearly 100 teams of artists , singers,and dancers performed on the Mada streets with items like kolatam, folk sports etc. ‘The focus is to enthrall the devotees on the glory and lores of Lord Venkateswara till the Vahanams came before them’ says Sri.Prayaga Ramakrishna, the Secretary of HDPP of TTD.

TTD chairman Sri Ch Krishnamurthy, Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao, TTD JEOs KS Sreenivasa Raju, Sri Pola Bhaskar and CV&SO Sri G Nagender Kumar, Addl CV&SO Sri Sivakumar Reddy,Tirupati urban SP Gopinath Jatti and Sri Hariprasad TTD board others accompanied the procession.