Archana Seva in Tirumala
Description of Archana Seva in Tirumala
On completion of Thomala Seva, The next and most important seva is the Archana Seva. Archana or Sahasranamarchana (1000 Name Recital) is performed to the main deity Lord Venkateshwara amidst chanting of his one thousand names.
Archana Seva Timings : 4.45 A.M. to 5.30 A.M
Every day Archana is performed thrice to Lord Venkateswara- one in the morning (Only during morning archana, the devotees are allowed to participate on all days except Friday, Saturday, Sunday and during Brahmotsavams). The seva ticket is Rs.220/- which is worth it.The second archana is performed in the noon in Ekanatham and the third archana is performed in the evening.
During Archana, the devotees are allowed to sit in front of Lord Venkateswara for nearly half an hour and watch Archana which is a real feast to the eyes. 1,008 names of the Lord are recited slowly and clearly by a pandit.Inside the garbagriham, another pujari does pushpaarchana at Lord Venkateswara’s holy Feet.
This is one of the most sought after sevas and one has to book tickets atleast 6 months in advance. It looks like this scheme may be removed in the near future and I request the bhagavathas to participate in this seva at the earliest. You can also go for “THOMALA ARCHANA SEVA” wherein you will be allowed to participate in both the sevas. But the devotee after watching the Thomala Seva has to once again go in the queue and join Archana Seva ubhayadhars.
Previously, T.T.D had a scheme for ARCHANA SEVA for 5 years wherein the Ubhaydhar was supposed to pay a sum of Rs.5,000/- and would be allowed for Archana Seva for 5 years on a day selected by him. Hope T.T.D revives this scheme.
Please check for Archana Seva tickets availability: http://www.ttdsevaonline.com/eseva/availabilitychart.aspx