The nine-day Navaratri Brahmotsavams has begun at Tirumala, with Lord Balaji and Goddesses Bhuma devi and Sridevi exhibited on a flower-decked Bangaru Tiruchi i.e. a golden palanquin, inside the Vimana Prakaram of Srivari Temple. Later in the evening, Swami along with his two wives appeared in Pedda Sesha Vahana on taking processions, on 16th of October 2020, Friday.
Lord Venkateshwara embellished with dazzling ornaments, along with his wives and were mounted on a flower decked Peddasesha Vahanam, which took processions from Ranganayakula Mantapam to Kalyanotsava Mantapam in the shrine. Swami was held in Vahana seva in Kalyonatsava Mantapam for almost an hour.
With the stringent restrictions passed on by the government due to the impact of COVID-19, pilgrims were disallowed to participate and watch the vahana sevas of Brahmotsavams. Therefore, all sevas this year are likely to be held in Ekantham for Tirumala Swami. The interior and exterior of the temple were decorated fantastically with flowers and lights everywhere. This time, 6 tonnes of flowers of various tinges were used for the nine-day Brahmotsavam celebrations.
After the evening processions were over, the deities were positioned in an Asthanam at the Ranganayakula Mantapam, and the priests of Garbha Gudi tied Kankanam (the yellow thread knot) to Dr.K.S.Jawahar Reddy, the TTD executive officer. This happens as a part of the Sankalpam, a prerequisite religious ceremony, perceived before the beginning of Brahmotsavams.
It is also to be noted that this year Tirumala is celebrating the second Brahmotsavams, since it is Adhikamasam and there is no Dwajarohanam, hoisting of the celestial flag marks the beginning of the festival. It is said that Navaratri Brahmotsavams is also called as Alankara Brahmotsavam, where decorations to the deities and the temple equal the sevas that happen in different and huge vahanas.
Since there is lot more to know about the glory of the nine-day festival in Tirumala, keep watching this space.