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Thirumala Thirupathi Sri Vari Brahmotsavams – 2011

September 19, 2011 1 comment

Venkatadri Samam Sthanam Brahmande Nasthi Kinchana
Venkatesa Samo Devo NaBhootho NaBhavishyathi

Asusual,This Year TTD is celebrating Brahmotsavamas on 29th September to 7th October.Tirumala SriVari Brahmotsavam the unique and world famous annual celebrations of Lord Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala Hills take place during the lunar month Aaswayuja Masam that falls immediately after the Mahalaya Pithru Paksham.

Please find the below schedule of the TTD Sri Vari Brahmotsavams 2011:


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Brief description of daily celebrations:

Dwajaarohanam: It is a flag hoisting festival that is held on the first day by hoisting a flag (Garudadhwaja) with a picture of Garuda (Vehicle of Lord Maha Vishnu) on the top of the Dwajah Sthambham in front of the sanctum Santorum. It is said to be a symbolic significance of formal invitation to all the Deities to attend the festival.

Pedda Sesha Vahanam: After the Dwajaarohanam the Lord is taken out in a procession in the evening on Aadi Sesha the thousand headed Chief Serpent God as his vehicle. Aadisesha is the seat on which Lord SriManNarayana rests in his abode Sri Vaikunta. Tirumala hills the abode of Lord Venkateswara is said to be the manifestation of Lord Aadisesha. Aadisesha vahanam will be seven headed.

Chinna Sesha Vahanam: On the second day morning the Lord is taken out in a procession on Vaasuki (Serpent God) as his vehicle. In Bhagavath Geetha Lord Sri Krishna says He is Vaasuki among the serpents. Chinna Sesha Vahanam will be five headed.

Hamsa Vahanam: On the second day evening the Lord is again taken out in a procession on Hamsa (Swan) as his vehicle. Hamsa or swan means ‘pure’. Hamsa is believed to have a high intellectual capability, and can distinguish the good from the bad.

Simha Vahanam: On the third day morning the Lord is taken out in a procession on Lion symbol as his vehicle. Lion is a symbol of royalty and power. Lord assumed the form of half man and half lion in his Narasimha Avathara. Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavath Geetha that he is the Lion among the animals.

Muthyala Pallaki Vahanam: On the third day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession along with his concerts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in a palanquin decorated with a canopy of pearls. Pearl is said to be a symbol of purity and royalty.

Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam: On the fourth day of the festival the Lord is taken out in procession in the morning on Kalpa Vruksha as his vehicle signifying that he is the giver of boons to his devotees and fulfills their wishes.

Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam: On the fourth day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession on a vehicle called as Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam signifying that He is the Lord of Lords.

Mohini Avatharam: On the fifth day morning the Lord is taken out in procession decorated in the attire of Mohini Avatharam (Ksheera Sagara Madhanam) the one who has distributed the Divine Nectar.

Garuda Vahanam: On the fifth day evening the Lord Sri Venkateswara is taken out in procession specially decorated, with his main devotee and chief vehicle Garuda (Garukmantha) the king of birds as his vehicle. It is a unique occasion when thousands gather together and would like to witness the procession. This day is also represented by the Chief Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh by symbolically offering new silk clothes to the Lord as a mark of obeisance and thanks giving to the Lord of the Universe. It is believed and said that it is highly meritorious and mukthi pradham to have darshan of the Lord seated on Garuda.

Hanumantha Vahanam: On the sixth day morning the Lord is taken out in procession with Lord Hanuman as his vehicle. Hanuman was the personification of the most trusted and self less service to the Lord in his avathara as Sri Rama in Treta Yuga. Undoubtedly Lord Hanuman was the greatest devotee of Lord Sri Rama.

Gaja Vahanam: On the sixth day evening the Lord is taken out in procession on Elephant (Gaja) or Airavatham as his vehicle. We find in Sri Madbhagavatham (Gajendra Moksham) Lord instantly coming to the rescue of Gajendra and get him relieved from the clutches of the Crocodile.

Surya Prabha Vahanam: On the seventh day morning the Lord Venkateswara is taken out in procession with Sun God driving the Chariot. Purusha Sooktha describes Sun as born from the eyes of Lord SrimanNarayana (Chaksho! Suryo Ajayathah!). Sun is said to be an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu (Surya Narayana)

Chandra Prabha Vahanam: On the seventh day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession with Moon as symbol of his vehicle. Purusha Sooktha describes Moon as Chandrama Manaso Jaathaha. Moon is born from the mind of Lord Maha Vishnu. Moon is the commander of mind and is a symbol of cool and pleasantness. Both these rituals are symbolic significance that He is the cause for day and night.

Rathotsavam: On the eighth day morning the Lord Venkateswara is taken out in procession along with his concerts seated on a fully decorated Chariot pulled by the devotees with the chanting of Govinda Nama Smarana. Tirumala will be flooded with devotes to witness this occasion. It is believed and said that those who witness the Lord seated on the Chariot during Rathotsavam will not be reborn. Idols of Daruka the charioteer of Lord Sri Krishna and four horses are placed before the Lord on the chariot.

Aswa Vahanam: On the eighth day evening the Lord is again taken out in procession with Aswa (Horse) as his vehicle symbolizing the forthcoming Kalki Avathara. Lord Venkateswara used to ride on a horse during hunting of wild animals. Lord assumed the form of Horse head during his avathara as Hayagreeva.

Chakra Snanam: On the ninth day morning, last day of the Brahmotsavam, special abhishekam (Avabhrutha Snanam) is held for utsava moorthy of Lord Venkateswara and his concerts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in the complex of Lord Varaha Swamy temple on the banks of Swamy Pushkarini. Later, the Sudarshana Chakra (Disc weapon of the Lord) is immersed in the waters of Swamy Pushkarini. We find large number of devotes simultaneously taking a dip in the Pushkarini waters at that time. It is believed and said that one will get absolved from sins by taking a dip in Swamy Pushkarini simultaneously along with the Sudarshana Chakra on this day.

Dwajaavarohanam: On the ninth day evening the Garuda flag will be lowered as a mark of completion of the Brahmotsavam.

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BHAGAWAD GITA for our daily life

February 8, 2011 2 comments

Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason?
Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
Whatever happened, happened for the good;
Whatever is happening is happening for the good;
Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only.

You need not have any regrets for the past.
You need not worry for the future. The present is happening…
What did you lose that you cry about?
What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost?

What did you produce, which you think got destroyed?
You did not bring anything, whatever you have, you received from here.
Whatever you have given, you have given only here.
Whatever you took, you took from God.
Whatever you gave, you gave to Him. 
You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed.

What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow.
You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours.
It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.

Change is the law of the universe.
What you think of as death, is indeed life.
In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty.

Yours and mine, big & small erase these ideas from your mind.
Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
This body is not yours, neither are you of the body.
The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent – so who are you?

Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon.
Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow.
Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God.
This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.