Tirumala Arjitha Sevas
Detailed Description on Tirumala Arjitha Sevas
- Arjitha Brahmotsavam
- Arjitha Vasanthotsavam
- Sahasra Deepalankara Seva
Kalaynotsavam in Tirumala marks the hour long celestial wedding ritual performed to Utsava murthis, this ritual is performed according to Vaikasa Agama Sastras.
Kalyanotsavam Seva Start Time: 10:30 A.M
Description of Kalyanotsavam
Agni Pratista where in the pious agni (Fire) is lit and Prayaschitta homam will be conducted.
Then follows Vastra Samarpana, a new set of silk vastrams were offered to deities. The Lord Sri Venkateswara and Goddesses Sri Devi and Bhu Devi will be seated separately on two different Asanas as they are yet to tie the holy wedding knot.
Maha Sankalpam, where in the descendant of Tallapaka family performs Kanyadanam on behalf of Goddesses.
In any Hindu Marriage, Kanyadanam occupies a prominent place. Here the Gotra Pravaras of Lord and His Consorts were recited by the priests
Bharadwaja Gotram – Lord Venakteswara
Bhargava Gotram – Goddess Sri Devi
Kasyapa Gotram – Goddess Bhu Devi
Mangalya Dharana Mahotsavam
The Divine Wedding Ceremony comes to a grand end with, Mangalya Dharana where the Lord Venkateswara tied the Mangala Sutrams to His beloved Consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi.
Varana Mayiram : This is a prominent and most entertaining phase usually performed during South Indian Hindu Weddings. The Lord and His Consorts played with floral balls and coconuts facing each other. (Here the priests and Tallapaka descendent perform this ritual on behalf of the deities). After this the garlands of deities are also exchanged.
Aarti : After the conclusion of the pleasant “Love Game”, the Consorts are seated on either sides of Lord, with Sridevi taking the Right side and Bhudevi occupying the left place of Maha Simhasanam. Now Karpoora Aarati, Nakshatra Aarati and Maha Aarti were rendered marking the grand ending of the Celestial Wedding Ceremony of Lord Malayappa Swamy with His two Consorts-Sri Devi and Bhu Devi.
History of Kalaynotsavam
There are no inscriptions relating to Kalyanotsavam till 1546. It was first introduced by Talapakka Tirumalayyangar. At that time, Kalyanotsavam was conducted in the Tirumamani Mandapam for five days in the month of Panguni.
Arjitha Brahmotsavam in Tirumala
Arjitha Brahmotsavam Seva Start Time: 2:00 P.M
In Arjitha Brahmotsavam, the rituals of Brahmotsavam are performed daily in an abridged manner in the Vaibhavotsava Mandapam that is opposite to the Main temple. Arjitha Brahmotsavam is performed after Kalyanotsavam. Where in Utsava murthi Lord Malayappa Swamy is seated on the Pedda Sesha Vahanam, Garuda Vahanam and Hanumantha Vahanam and is worshipped along with his Consots.
Dolotsavam in Tirumala
Dolotsavam ( Unjal Seva) Start Time: 10:00 A.M
Dolotsavam also called as Unjal Seva (Swing Festival)
In Dolotsavam ritual, the Idols of the Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy and His Consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are seated on the Unjal or Swing in the Aina Mahal (Addala Mandapam), that is the Mirror Hall, opposite the Ranganayaka Mandapam.
During Dolotsavam the entire area is lit with lamps. During this ritual, the priests chant vedas to the accompninment of the Mangala Vaadhyam or the sacred musical instruments.
Arjitha Vasanthotsavam In Tirumala
Vasnthotsavam Seva Start Time: 3:30 p.m
Arjitha Vasanthotsavam is a hour-long seva, this seva is performed in the Vaibhava Mandapam. During Arjitha Vasanthotsavam seva, the Idols of the Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy and His Consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are given Abhishekam or the Sacred bath with water, milk and honey. A paste of turmeric and then sandalwood is finally applied. Purusha Suktham, Sri Suktham and Vedic hymns are chanted during the Seva
Sahasra Depalanakara Seva in Tirumala
Sahasra Deepalankara Seva starts at 5:30 p.m in the Unjal Mandapam.
Unjal Mandapam located in the eastern corner of the main temple. The idols of the Lord Sri Venkateswara and His Consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are taken out in procession and seated on the swing in the Mandapam. Mandapam is lit with a thousand lamps. The Lord and His Consorts are rocked gently amidst the vedic chanting by the priests and the Singing of Annamayya Songs