PILGRIMS TO HAVE TWIN FESTIVE TREAT ON NOVEMBER 23
“UGRA SRINIVASA MURTHY” AND CHAKRATEERTHA MUKKOTI TO EMBRACE PILGRIMS
TIRUMALA, NOVEMBER 19: The a Srivari devotees will have a double festive treat, as Tirumala is gearing up for annual Kaisika Dwadasi and Chakrateertha Mukkoti which take place on November 23.
KAISIKA DWADASI OR UTTANA DWADASI:
On this day preparations to wake up Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, who was laid to sleep on Ashada Sukla Ekadasi (Vishnu Sayana Ekadasi) day and turned on his side on Bhadrapada Sukla Ekadasi (Vishnu Parivartana Ekadasi). On the Uttana Dvadasi day the chaturmasya Vrata also concludes. This festive day is also known as Uttana Dwadasi or Kaisika Dwadasi.
In connection with Kaisika Dwadasi on November 23, Lord Ugra Srinivasa Murthy flanked by his two divine consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi mounted atop the golden Tiruchi will betaken around the four mada streets encircling the holy shrine in a grand procession even before the break of dawn as per the the age-old tradition.
The significance of this festival is that is, only on this day in the entire year the idol of Ugra Srinivasa Murthy is brought out from the sanctum sanctorum of the hill temple. As there were adverse incidents which happened in Tirumala including some major fire accidents, some centuries ago, since then this deity will be brought for procession only on Kaisika Dwadasi day, that too before sunrise, He completes His divine procession and enters inside sanctum sanctorum.
Later, the priests perform Kaisika Dwadasi Asthanam to the deities inside the temple.
CHAKRATEERTHA MUKKOTI: On the same day, yet another significant annual religious fete, welcomes the devotees. Chakrateertham is considered to be one of the most important teerthas among the 66 thousand crore teerthas present in Seshachala ranges as mentioned in Puranas. It is also considered to be the important one among seven teerthas-Saptha Teerthas.
Located in the picturesque location in Tirumala, adjacent to natural arch, Chakrateertham attractions millions of pilgrims every year. With the recent rains, the Chakrateertham water falls is also in full swing providing a visual treat to the pilgrims.
The temple priests perform special Pujas to Sri Sudarshana Chakrattalwar located on the hill rock above the Chakrateerthamon Kaisika Dwadasi day every year.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI