Saturday, December 19, 2015

Lord Sri Venkateshwara

Tirumala Srivari Brahmotsava 

Lord Sri Venkateshwara enjoys festivals (utsavams), and therefore, every moment in Tirumala is considered a festive occasion. The most important festival is the Brahmotsavam. This year the nine day Annual Brahmotsava of Srivari Temple Tirumala is being conducted from September 26th to October 4th, 2014. 

Srivari Brahmotsava is the grandest, and the annual festival celebrated in Tirumala during the Navaratri/Dusshera Festival (beginning of Ashwina Month) and is one of the most important and auspicious festivals celebrated in this ancient shrine. The origin of this festival is traced to the time when Lord Brahma himself worshiped Lord Venkateshwara on the banks of the river Pushkarini. Brahmotsava literally means the festival of Lord Brahma. 

As the festival approaches, the whole temple is bedecked with colorful decorations of flowers and lights. The temple is thoroughly cleaned and all the streets on which the Lord would go in procession also get a festive look. Paste made of sandalwood, refined camphor, saffron and other spices is smeared all over the temple. Lakhs of devotees from all over the world visit the temple during the Srivari Brahmotsava. 

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