Planning to visit Tirupati to experience the glorious Rathasapthami procession? This year, Rathasapthami will be celebrated on 1st February 2020, marking the Surya Jayanthi.
Since this annual festival witnesses a heavy turnout of pilgrims each year, it is recommended to make a note of the procession timings so that you don’t miss the Darshan.
How to book?
There is no Darshan ticket or advance booking needed to watch the procession. Also, the gallery seating at Thiru Mada street will be free of cost.
The procession will be taken out on different Vahanams for the entire day. It will start early morning (Surya Prabha Vahanam) and will end in the evening (Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam).
Here are this year’s Vahana timings when Lord Malayappa Swamy and his divine consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi will be taken on celestial processing in the streets of Thiru Mada:
- Surya Prabha Vahanam – 5:30 am to 8:00am
- Chinna Sesha Vahanam – 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Garuda Vahana Seva – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Hanumantha Vahanam – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Chakra Snanam – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
- Kalpavruksha Vahanam – 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
If you are looking for a privileged Darshan, then this service won’t be available during Rathasapthami. This procession will be a Sarva Darshan for all the devotees. Separate NRI Darshan, senior citizen Darshan or Supadam Darshan services won’t be available on this day. Just make sure to reach the location by 4:30 am so that you get to witness the first Vahanam at 5:30 am.
Experience Rathasapthami at Tirupati
Devotees from all over the world come to Tirupati to witness this procession. They throng in large numbers to the temple to get a glimpse of the Lord seated on different Vahana Sevas.
If you have never been to Tirupati during this festival, then you must come and visit. It is a surreal experience to see the town getting soaked in spiritual ecstasy, with galleries along the Mada street getting filled up with thousands of devotees and the chantings of Govinda namams.
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