At Tirumala …. Lord Venkateshwara Abhisheka vaibhavam …….. VenkaTAdri samam sthAnam brahmANDe nAsti kinchana …venkateSa samo devo …. na bhUto na bhaviSyati……..

 The Lord of the seven hills is the Lord of the universe. The special significance of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala lies in the fact that it is the oldest religious institutions in the world where unbroken religious worship is being carried on for over 1,500 years by revered Acharyas and millions of pilgrims  reach the holy abode more than any other temple in the world .The temple is held in high  veneration by many devotees

The average number of piligrims who seek darshan is about 50,000 to 1,00,000  daily and on festivals double this .The emotional outpourings of the great Azhwars makes one rush to this sacred hills to have  HIS  darshan . Mere listening to the wondrous compositions of his noblest and humblest devotees, like Annamacharya  Tyagaraja  and Purandara Dasa suffices. They combine the quintessence of the Vedas and the Upanishads.

Everything begins and ends or is reduced to sunyam (nothingness) before him, while the infinite world pens to the sincere seeker with an infinitesimal offering. This is because spiritual wealth through devotion is the basis of life .

VenkaTAdri samam sthAnam  brahmANDe nAsti kinchana

venkateSa samo devo    na bhUto na bhaviSyati!

There is no place in the entire universe that equals Venkatadri , the place where  Lord resides ………and there is no Lord, either in the past nor in the future…….                                                            who  shall equal  Lord Venkateswara.

  Tirumala is one of the seven Swayam Vyaktha Kshetrams . Tradition has it, that hands of man did not work for the dhruva bera  ( Main deity  )  of Lord Venkateswara .  Lord out of His own will, and abundant mercy had appeared at TIRUMALA and continues to stay here for this age Kaliyuga

  This ageless temple of Lord Venkateswara is located a top the Tirumala Hill at an elevation of 3,000 feet .The abode of Lord Venkateshwara  stands unique as an embodiment of man’s eternal quest for the divine and  seeking His infinite grace.

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pilgrimage to the sacred Hills is a soul-stirring experience cherished by every devotee. Even atheists and rationalists admit a sense of humility and the presence of the Lord here .As one approaches the  inner sanctum ,  a strong pull towards LORD is experienced. The soul identifies its existence in this body and regrets its foolishness in remaining in several bodies for several births and ignoring HIS love for us.  Lord Venkateswara is also known as Pratyaksha Daivam (manifest divinity) who  helps his devotees in distress .

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Nammazhwar categorically relives his musings in a verse…

pOkinRa kaalangaL   pOya kaalangaL*    pOku kaalangaL,

* thaay thandhai  uyi-raaginRaay*

unnai _naan adaindhEn viduvEnO,?

paaginRa tholpugaz moovulakukkum*

naathanE! paramaa,*

thaNvENGkadam mEkinRaay*

thaNdhuzaay virai_ naaRukaNNiyanE.

At all times past, present and future 

Oh Lord!!! 

You are my mother, my father my very life itself …and …your holiness having reached you, Oh Lord!! Will I ever let you go?

Oh lord of the three worlds …   Oh Supreme One! With your eternal fame, so far-reaching, with the fragrant cool garland of tulasi leaves …….You grace the cool Venkata hill.

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  Few come out with rain of tears and a few feeling relived, and a few want more to just be there looking at HIM..  doing  nothing more ……like an infant cuddling in the arms of his mother asking nothing ……………………………

All men irrespective of religion, status, caste, and creed make several trips in their lives to worship the LORD, as they are our divine parents for ever.

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 At Tirumala  apart from having sarva darshanam , devotees participate in   daily  Arjitha sevas such as Suprabatha seva  , Thomala seva, Archana Seva , Kalyanaotsavam,  Arjitha brahmotsavam, dolotsavam, Sahasradeepalankarana seva , vasanthothsavam, Ekantha seva conducted at different times in a day . Apart from the daily seva , weekly sevas  that comprises of Vishesha pooja on Monday ,Ashtadalapada padmaaradhana on Tuesday , Sahsrakalshabhishekam on Wednesday, Thiruppavada sevai on Thursday and   Abhishekam             ( Vastralankarana sevai ) on Friday   conducted in a grand manner .

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Among all the above darshanams ,the Vastralankara seva   ( Abhishekam )/(Thirumanjanam)  on Friday early hours  is most cherished  darshan for any devotee , as  one has the great fortune to be in the temple inner sanctum for more than two hours having darshan of Lord amongst vedic chants and  azhwars’s  divya prabhanda sevakalam

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For this wonderful darshan the devotee is supposed to report one day in advance on Thursday. On Friday early hours around 2 AM, the ubhaydhaare reports at Vaikuntam queue complex for Arjitha seva ticket verification.

 Hearing suprabhatam being recited inside the temple and silently chanting the same………

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. ( the origin of the suprabhatam or wishing of  an auspicious dawn was penned by His holiness sri P.B.Annan 600 years ago * the divine pastime is shared in the below appended post )

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/the-acharyar-who-penned-suprabhatam-to-lord-sreenivasa-600-years-ago-bhayankaran-for-prativadis-opponents-servant-of-servants-to-srivaishnavas/

 we are now  passing Acharyar Thirumala Nambi’s sannidhi who was Swamy Ramanujar’s acharyar . Swamy Ramanuja  had  discourses on   Srimad Ramayanam  by Thirumala Nambi at Tirumala .

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https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/the-temple-of-swamy-ramanuja-on-tirumala-hills-mambazha-emperumanar-throva-bhashyakar/

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Swamy  Thirumala Nambi had the privilege of being  fondly addressed as “THATHA”(Grandfather) by Lord Srinivasar HIMSELF . Appended below the divine pastime

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Recollecting the divine pastimes of Acharyar with Lord and seeking Acharyar’s blessings mentally we proceed further  .   Our attention is immediately drawn to the huge painting near Sahasradeepalankarana mandapam depicting the divine pastime of the Supreme Lord playing dice with the great devotee   Sant Hathiram bhabha. 

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The appended post below describes the incident

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https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/the-devotee-who-played-dice-with-lord/

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   Chanting the holy names of the Lord and seeking devotees blessings, we approach the Maha dwaram. Under Jagathacharyar’s able guidance, this  Mahadwaram was constructed.

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 Thanking all the great devotees of LORD, offering obeisance’s to the two small deities of Sankha nidhi on the southern and Padma nidhi on the Northern side  entrance the   two guardian devotees we proceed with devotional fervor.

 

 

The divine crow bar hung on the right side of the wall reminds us of another great Acharyar Swamy AnanthAzhwan   whose service to LORD was yeomen those days when there were no habitats around the sacred  hills  . The divine pastime is shared in the appended post below ..

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https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/the-divine-crowbar-at-the-entrance-of-tirumala-temple/

 Proceeding further, we look at the copper statues of King Venkatapathiraya and family along with stone images of the Emperor and Queen Achutarayamaharaya and Varadarajiamman. Those were the days when these Kings developed the temple when no proper approach to the holy shrine was possible. The dedication and unstinting service to Lordships by these kings is to be cherished.  The outer pradakshinam for the temple (pradakshinam which lies in between the outer and inner gopuram) is known as Sempangi Pradakshinam.

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 It is said that this entire area was full of Sempangi trees, and hence this corridor came to be known as Sempangi Pradakshinam. Proceeding further we see Sri Ranganayakula mandapam. Lord Namperumal stayed here during 14th century for almost 40 years. Seeking blessings from all the revered Acharyas who played a crucial role in safely bringing our Namperumal to Tirumala during the harsh times at Srirangam, we recollect those divine pastimes.

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 Heartfully thanking the various kings like Thondaman Chakravarthy, Krishnadeva raya and others who contributed their might to the construction of this temple, we pass through  Thulabaaram where many devotees complete their vow of offering  jaggery etc. to the equivalent weight ,  we cross the adjacent Krishnadevaraya mandapam which houses Lord’s vahanams.

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In this mandapam, adhyayana utsavam is performed to the processional deities ” Malayappa Swamy” .  Also, this mandapam houses an office where the donors are given prasadam.  Adjoining to this mantapam is Tirumalaraya mantapam, where Kalyanautsavams  are performed daily in a large scale…………………..

We  reach the golden plated dwajasthambam (Flag pole).

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Offering sashtaang dandaavats and seeking blessings from all the demigods residing in Dwajasthambam after  recollecting the the  Dwaja Arahonam (flag hoisting which is done a day prior to Brahmotsavam takes place here )  we move on  and enter the temple premises through silver plated dwaaram .The  silver door has a carving in which Lord’s  advanced devotee Santh Hathiram Baba ( the replica of the painting outside the temple ) playing dice  along with LORD and gets  darshan  of LORD with chaturbhujam .

  Anxiously, we enter Vimana Pradakshina margam. The inner prakaram and this inner pradakshinam is known as Vimana pradakshinam.

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On entering the Vimana Pradakshina corridor, we have a clear view of Ananda Nilaya Vimanam fully gold plated. Lord Ranganathar engraved on the front side of this vimanam gives darshan which makes us recollect Thirupaan azhwar’s Amalanadhi pasuram

“Mandhi Paai Vada Venkata Maamalai……” 

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It is known as Ananda Nilayam because it bestows Anandam or bliss to everyone.

 The Puranas state that LORD ( Perumal)  appeared here in this vimanam which is invisible to mortal eyes.

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The early morning delight inside the temple along with pure devotional aroma enthuses the soul to seek his lotus feet .Offering obeisances to Lord Varadaraja Swamy we are ushered to  a place besides parakamani mandapam (the place where counting of coins and offerings made by devotees is done) .

Remembering the great devotee Thondaman Chakravarthy, who constructed this temple and the great vimanam we chant the Holy names . This vimanam was gold plated many times by several kings  and  it is said TTD  guilded the same during 1957 .The dazzling beauty of this vimanam cannot be described in words and one has to see to believe it.

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 We are asked to assemble in the mandapam . All the ubhayadhars are offered seat as per the Arjitha seva ticket serial number. The Priest honors the Ubhayadaar couple with Melchat Vastram and a blouse piece, amidst Vedic chants. It was told by a priest that this  angavastram was previously adorned by the Lordships .The fragrance from the vastram which was adorned by the Lord puts us into divine trance. 

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 Amidst the auspicious chants, H.H. Pedda Jeeyar (who was appointed by  Swamy Ramanujar few hundred years back )  arrives accompanied by the Vedic Priests. In his absence, the activites are presided by Chinna Jeeyar of TTD.    For ensuring all religious formalities are performed as per the scriptures ,  Swamy Ramanujar appointed a sanyasi who is now known as Pedda Jeeyar and later on Manavala maamunigal appointed another jeeyar to assist Pedda Jeeyar who is honoured as  Chinna Jeeyar. 

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 All the ubhayadhars are handed over  Divya Vastram kept on a silver/golden plate and the ladies are given a silver bowl containing   powdered pachakarpuram, wet saffron paste , Sandal Wood paste, turmeric , musk pressed into a paste with a few drops of Civet oil etc.

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  All the auspicious Abhishekam paraphernalia are kept in gold and silver cups. His holiness Jeeyar along with vedic priests and Ubhayadaars accompanied by Mangala vadyam circumbulate the inner prakaram and the Dwajasthambam and reach the temple inner sanctum.  To hold  the abhishekam items in our hands makes us feel blessed and tears pour down to experience Lord’s compassion!!

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The soul now rejoices as we enter the THIRUMAMANI MANDAPAM.  Offering obeisance’s  mentally to the two  huge bells  located on the south-east corner ( rung while the offering is made )  we enter inside the Ananda Nilayam .

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Offering obeisance’s to Garudazhwar who is facing LORD with Anjali Mudra we enter the divine abode “Bangaru Vaakili (  the doorway made of gold). This door has carvings of Lord’s five forms namely Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Antaryami and Archa.

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Offering obeisances to Jaya and Vijaya on either sides of Mahadwaaram we move ahead.  The loud chants of the Holy name “GOVINDA GOVINDA” reverberates.

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As only limited tickets are issued,  the walk is peaceful .The Volunteers are kind to allow us to enter slowly. We await …..

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We enter into the Ananda Nilayam and reach “Snapana Mandapam”.  There are two small raised slabs on either sides which has deities of Sugrivar, Hanumar and Angadhan and on the opposite side, dieties of Ananta, Garuda and Viswaksenar gracing the devotees.

Proceeding further we reach Sayana Mandapam .This is the divine place where the processional deities Utsava murthi Sri Bhoga Srinivasar take rest during Ekantha Seva (Pavalimpu seva).

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Beyond the Sayana mantapam is the Garbagriham, the sanctum sanctorum which houses our LORD. The golden plate containing the divya vastram and silver bowl are handed over to the Priests who receive them with benevolence.   We were asked to take places as per the ticket serial number.

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We have darshan of Kulasekara padi   the   stepping stone at the entrance between Sayana mantapam and Garbagriham (  named after the great devotee of Lord  Kulasekara Azhwar ) who in his Perumal Thirumozhi expressed his desire to have eternal TIRUMALA sambandham by remaining  as a stepping stone watching LORD  for ever .

“PADIYAAYI KIDANDHU UNN PAVAZHA VAAI KAANBENEY”

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In normal practice, due to heavy rush one invariably misses to see all the above holy spots. Adiyen’s mind raced through the divine outpourings of Azhwars   pasurams

SEDIYAYA VALVINAIGAL THEERKUM THIRUMAALE;

AGALAGILEN IRAIYEMENDRU… .

THAAYE  THANDHAIENDRUM…  PATREL ONRDUM ILEN… .

Overjoyed, that am able to be very close to our LORD ….we are eager to have LORD’S darshan. We recollect Nammazhwar’s Thiruvaimozhi “Ozhivil Kaalamellam……..” with tear filled eyes.

 Lord Thiruvengadamudaiyan fulfills all the desires of His devotees-both material and spiritual. Lord’s intention is to save us from this dreadful Kaliyuga and grant us liberation.

 

 Just uttering His holy name “GOVINDA” once and  having His darshan for fraction of a second, we are in bliss. Perumal is so compassionate that He first grants the wishes of the devotees who seek material pleasure and then gradually turns them towards His feet and elevate them spiritually and finally grant moksham.

 Elders advise us to have darshanam of the lotus feet of LORD first and we wait eagerly for immersing ourselves under those holy feet like Nammazhwar.

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The lotus feet are covered with golden covering and fragrant flowers along with basil leaves are decorated .However, One can have a nice darshan of the lotus feet on FRIDAYS during Thirumanjana seva. May be, this made Annamayya burst into the song

                                                      “BRAHMA KADIGINA PAADAMU’’

Amidst the auspicious Nadaswaram notes  and vedic chants the curtains are opened .

Akhila bhuvana janma sthema bhangAdi lIle
vinata vividha bhuta vrAta rakshaika dikshe |
Sruti Sirasi vidIpte brahmaNi SrInivAse
bhavatu mama parasmin Semushi bhakti rUpA ||

The  meaning  ….
May my intellect assume the form of Bhakti in Srinivasa, the highest reality, revealed in the Vedanta as the Lord who creates, protects and destroys the whole universe with sportive ease and who has taken a vow to protects all creatures who seek him………….

 The divya darshan of LORD instills faith ……

Tears  roll continuously ….

This day is very special  for us , It was a prized darshan …  distant dream come TRUE 

Thanking LORD repeatedly for the mercy  praying ardently hearing the vedic chants my eyes look at the divine beauty …

Am in a trance suddenly ……….the soul in me  rejoices …..

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Before us stood the great Lord of Lords in all his glory .  HE  is  like the sun which had just risen from the east. The divine face was as cool as the moon. He is  as dark as the rain bearing clouds … The eye vision magnified  …and zoomed….  and HE grew taller and taller and filled up the whole world space .. Now , the whole world was in HIM and several universes are in HIM 

He is limitless , Imperishable , Omniscient residing in the ocean of  my heart , the cause of happiness of the universe , the supreme end of all striving ( manifesting HIMSELF) in the ether of the heart which craves for HIM alone ………………………..

Suddenly I realize I am in a body …..and  watch through my eyes …………………

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Lord is a majestically beautiful and his compassion is clearly manifested when the HE gives darshan draped in all his royal clothes and ornaments .Now, on this auspicious Abhishekam  day when all those divine ornaments are removed, Lord’s full glory is revealed in all its pristine purity. HE attires a single white cloth-with no ornaments and only a Tulasi maala.!!!!

Our eyes are welled up with tears  thinking of Lord’s mercy on these fallen souls who have committed  innumerable sins.

 The most arresting feature of the Lord is the permeating aura of an over powering sense of divinity, that is utterly compassionate and pours out love and desire to help all. His youthful facial expression with an eternal smile is extraordinarily tranquil reflecting a sense of complete love and serenity that envelopes on all living creatures in its benevolence.

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The Lord’s ornaments are replaced with flowers on Thursday evening itself during evening Thomala Seva .This is known as “POOLANGI SEVA”   Lord’s Thirunamam also is thinned and hence we can have NETRA DARSHANAM (Lord is adorned in a different attire as a preparatory for Fridays Abhishekam)

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 The flowers adorned to LORD were removed gently except the   conch, discus and the Lakshmi Haaram.  The Lord is adorned only with a white colored waist cloth.

The preparations for the Abhishekam is complete .The grand ceremony starts at 4 AM sharp .

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For the holy bath the Priests  used to carry the Akasa ganga water   ( Akasa Ganga  is one of the tributaries of Ganges and is as holier as Viraja which was shown to the revered Acharyar Thirumalai Nambi  who was lovingly addressed as “Thatha” by LORD himself few hundred years ago)   on Elephants which used to be taken inside the temple  . 

Presently the holy water is fetched from a well which is inside the temple premises. (near Vakula maatha’s sanndihi ) known as” Bangaru bhaavi”.  However,  few silver/gold pots of water is brought from Akasa Ganga with temple honors as a customary ritual.

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The Lord is richly adorned with flowing locks of curly hair resting on his majestic shoulders.  The neck is smooth and conch like. Lord  gives darshan with chaturbhujam  the upper two holding  the discus and the conch. The upper right arm holds the sudarsana chakra, the left arm holds the Panchajanya.  These are not integral part of the moola murthi.  Lord Srinivasar had earlier given away the conch and chakra to Thondaman Chakravarthy.  Swamy Ramanujar restored them to the Lord by defeating the opponents quoting azhwars various pasurams and clearly established that the  deity here was MahaVishnu now  glorified as  as  Venkatachalapathy.

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The lower right hand of the Lord is in the Varada Hasta pose, while the lower left hand is in the Katyavalambita pose.  The lovely fingers of the left hand rest on the left thigh, with the thumb of the hand almost parallel to the waistline. The Lord’s thighs are like that of an elephants’.   While LORD  is not exactly standing in the tribhanga pose his divine  body near and below the waist has taken a slight tilt to the left and the knee themselves seems to be  majestically bent and open slightly outwards gracing the fallen souls . The Lord is youthful and one can feel the tenderness on the Lotus feet of the Lord.  He is  definitely  the father of Cupid (Manmadha Janaka.. ).

Obviously HIS beauty is unsurpassed. Annamaya bursts into a wonderful composition …

Listen to the  clip below

Emani pogaDavachchu nItani prabhAvamu
vEmaru nOpuNyulAla vinarO yIkatalu
anaMtasUryatEjuDaTa kAMti cheppaneMta
danujAMtakuMDaTa pratApameMta
manasijaguruDaTa marichakkadanameMta
vanajajuganinaTTivADaTa ghanateMta…

(Meaning )

Oh pious people, how can we praise his glory?. Listen to his stories again and again. He is effulgent like the Sun. We can’t imagine his radiance. He is annihilator of demons. How heroic he is! He is the father of Manmadha. How beautiful he is! He is Brahma’s father. How great he is!. Ganga river is born at his feet. How pious he is! He is the lord of Bhudevi. How beautiful he Is! He is the lord of Lakshmi. How majestic he is! He is the protector of all. How wealthy he is! He is the lord of Maya (Lakshmi). How powerful he is! He is all pervading Vishnu. Where can be his abode ! He is the most benevolent Lord Venkateswara with thousand forms. How magnificient he is!.

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Mother Lakshmi rests on the right chest of Lord in the sitting pose and is an integral part of the Lordships. The yagnopaveetham and a set of four necklaces or ornaments of the neck can also be clearly seen. Lord’s arms have armlets.  A Katibandham or waistband with the dasaavataram looks so attractive. The  lotus feet of the Lord are beautiful and HIS pose is majestic and lion some. Both the knees are bent and open slightly outwards, giving the stately figure, charm and grace. The feet are models of perfection and have ornaments near the anklets. The Lord’s image has shoulders marks resembling ‘scars made by the constant wearing of the bow and pack of arrows.

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 The ritualistic Abhishekam of the  LORDSHIPS   consists of four parts

 First is the Abhishekam of Dhruvamurti (Main deity)

 Second is the application of ‘Punugu’ thailam to Dhruvamurti,

 Third is abhishekam for vakshastala Lakshmi and

 Fourth application of Thiru Namam to the Lord  and  adorning LORD with royal dress and ornaments ….

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 As the LORD stands majestically , the priest climbs  on a  supporting  mobile  wooden structure and carries  out the Abhishekam amidst directions from His Holiness Tirumala Jeeyar  . The Ekangee (Priest who is a bachelor) conducts the holy ritual with the assistance of other priests amidst chanting of Pancha Sooktham and  Upanishads . 

 LORD is first bathed in holy water brought from the Akasaganga – tirtha (suddhodakam).  Akasa Ganga is poured  through a conch covered with gold. After holy water,  LORD is given  abhishekam with  cow’s milk in large quantities , followed again by  akasa ganga .   Later , LORD is anointed with a mixture of chandana, saffron and refined camphor known as ‘Pulikapu’. The same is followed with a bath in holy turmeric water. which  is collected in a silver vessel for later distributed  to devotees.  The priest then gives karpoora haarthi and particularly shows us the vaksha sthalam (heart ) to have thayar’s darshanam and then points out to the Holy feet  by showing karpoora harathee  to the Lotus Feet.  The devotees are allowed to have darsanam of the Holy Feet which is the sole refuge for us to go back to Godhead.

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The goddess on Lord’s chest is given  abhishekam after the above proceedings. It is this bath with turmeric powder.  Lakshmi Haaram which is adorned by the Lord is removed and given holy bath separately.  To reduce the pangs of separation of Thayar from Perumal’s Thirumeni, Swamy Ramanujar instructed Nachiyar Thirumozhi to be recited during this abhishekam.  The Thirumeni(holy body ) of the deity is dried with a cloth and Civet oil is lightly applied gently all over

Now, the curtains are closed.

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In ekantam LORD  is adorned with royal garments . An unusually long silk cloth, about fifteen meters long as per the priests, is wound around  after the holy bath. This serves the role of a protective layer between the delicate self-manifested deity and the heavy man made golden kavachas for the entire body. A special santified cloth is used to cover the crown over which the         (Diamond crown ) Vajra Kirita is placed.

Hence, this abhisheka seva is known as “Vastra Alankarana Seva”

 Lord’s forehead is adorned with fresh Thiruman kaapu.  Elders say the thirunamam is a mixture of Paccha Karpuram, kasturi musk and sripada renu and some amount of Civet oil.  LORD is adorned with few ornaments only.

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Then the curtain is drawn and mangala haarati offered so that the devotees have darshan of LORD after Thirumanjanam.  Praying to the Lord that this seva may remain fresh in our minds forever, we reluctantly leave the place. This marks the end of Vastralankarana seva.

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 Later the devotees are allowed to have darshan of Perumal in HIS pristine form fully bedecked with various jewellery.  The Lord is bedecked with various ornaments and silk clothes and jewellery which is a real feast to the devotees eyes .  Lord is covered with a long silk cloth which is 12 yards in length and 2 yards in width as per the priests  version . The upper cloth is gold laced (This cloth known as Sesha Vastram is later given to the dignatories as per the rules and norms framed by TTD. As this cloth is in contact with Perumal’s Thirumeni, it acquires divya parimalam. ) The Lord is later covered with a thin silk cloth so that the ornaments do not prick his tender body .

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The Lord is adorned with various ornaments like gold yagnopaveetham, green emerald called “MERUPACCHA”, vajra kavacham (diamond studded kavacham), Lakshmi Haaram a big necklace with the images of Lakshmi carved out on each pathakam.

 He is adorned with a tulasi necklace, a salagrama garland which contains salagrams encased in gold , a Sahasranama maala in which the thousand names of the Lord are engraved .(this chain is sported by Utsavar Malayappa Swamy on Garuda vahanam day during Brahmotsavam.). There are also various sets of ornaments which are worn by the Lord apart from the above. Near his knees,  a vanghi like gold ornament, a pair of gold anklets, a nagabharanam just below His chest and  more nagabharanams in His arms. His Katyavalambita hasta (left hand) and Varada hasta have 2 covers- one made of gold and the other one studded with diamonds .He is adorned with a sword named“suryakatari/ Nandakam”.(It is believed that the great poet Annamacharya was the hamsam of this sword)  On  LORDs  chest, He has two gold sculptured plaques, one of Sri Lakshmi and the other of Sri Padmavathy Thayar. His two upper hands are also well decorated with gold and diamond studded Sanghu and Chakram   which are adorned …

jai3LORD wears a gem studded golden crown, golden makara kundalams and various other ornaments.  . His lower right hand is showing Varada Hastha with the palm facing the devotees all fingers of the hand pointing towards His Lotus feet, indicating that the Lord is giver of boons.

His front left hands seems to assure His devotees of protection and indicate that samsara sagara is only hip-deep if they seek His refuge.His ears are adorned with golden makara kundalams. The Kattibandham or waist band is around 2 inches thick. His both knees are bent and slight open upwards giving the stately majestic figure, a grace and a charm that words cannot be sufficient to describe. The Lord’s feet are models of perfection and have ornaments near the anklets. The Lord’s image on the shoulder has marks resembling scars made by constant wearing of the bow.

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 A darshan of the Lord instills in us a divine presence, a power and intangible etherial sensation that completely overshadows any troubled emotions. A darsan of the divya mangala moorthi during Thirumanjanam will leave the devotee totally transformed. Certain sense of fulfillment and indescribable indefinable elation of spirit, a certain peace of mind, absolute security on surrender of oneself to the greatest protector, a supreme sense of satisfaction and joy in short, a divine power and bliss envelopes the devotee.

 Every Friday, during Thirumanjanam some sandal paste are kept on Perumal’s hastham,. Thirumaarbhu (whereThayar is seated) and on Perumal’s Thiruvadi.

The impression of the same gets imbibed on the sandal paste which is dried and later on given to devotees. This is considered to be very sacred. Every day, after Thomala seva, the ekangi (bachelor who alone has the right to touch Perumal) anoints Thiruvadi with punugu thailam (scented oil)and the ( Thiruvadis) lotus feet  are covered with a silk cloth known as Sripada vastram. This is changed everyday and the old cloth after wiping Thiruvadigal are given to V.V.I.P. .

 Daily  ( Tilak ) Thirumankaapu is applied to  LORDs  forehead by applying thick refined camphor (Paccaikarpooram). This Thiruman kaapu screens the eyes of Perumal and Kasturi Tilakam is applied in between the two lines. The width of the Thirumankaapu and the gap between the lines are all applied as per the norms laid down by JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanujar. Every day, His chin is pressed with refined camphor as per Lord’s wish remembering his dear devotee Swamy Anathazhwan .

The Lord’s ornaments are replaced with flowers on Thursday itself one has  darshan of Lord in flowers  .Lord’s Thirunamam also is thinned and hence we can have NETRA DARSHANAM  ( Lord is adorned  in a different attireas a preparatory for Fridays Abhishekam )

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It was mentioned by the Priests  that prasadam consisting of cooked rice and curds (made up of cow’ milk) is the only cooked food which is taken very close to the LORD and offered everyday. Every morning, navaneetham (butter mixed with sugar) is also offered to LORD. Other prasadams which are prepared on a very large scale like Pulihora, Chakari Pongal, and Laddus etc are offered from Sayana Mandapam ….

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Under LORD’s lotus feet, Bhoga Srinivasar an exact replica of the Moola virat graces us. Bhagasrinivasar  majestically is in standing pose with chaturbhujam  holding Sankhu and Chakram on the Upper arms which forms an integral part of the Thirumeni(body) unlike the moola virat . HE receives all the bhogams and upacharams in the temple and Abhishekam is done daily to Bhoga Srinivasar .

 Bhoga Srinivasar  was receiving the  holy services from a Pallava queen  since  10th century. A gold link and a silk cord are attached to the HIM whenever HE graces devotees outside the garbagriham for deputizing on behalf of the Moolavirat on special festive occasions and on Thursdays when Annakootam (during Thiruppavada seva).

During Ekantha seva,  LORD takes rest in a golden cradle in the Sayana Mandapam and Thaalatu (lullaby) is sung and milk and fruits and dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds etc  are offered .

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 LORD’s   darshan was elixir which cannot be expressed in mortal words ..

 

Vinaa vEnkatEsaam na nAThO na nATha

Sadhaa vEnkatEshaam smaraami smaraami

harE vEnkatEsha prasiddha prasiddha

priyam vEnkatEsha prayaccha prayaccha

 hari-omThere is no Lord for me other than Lord Venkatesa

I [utter] think of Lord Venkatesa all the time

May Lord Venkatesa be happy with my prayers

May Lord Venkatsa be pleased to bless  us  forever

 Adiyen seek forgiveness  for any  flaws in describing the wonderful seva  which was a divine boon to us …

 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

 Pictures Credits : ISKCON ,Bangalore and Pics uploaded by several  advanced devotees ( Google images ) 

videos : Courtesy :  Bombay jayasree …..rajgru …..janaethan krishna rao …..creativeminds …..saigv

About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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4 Responses to At Tirumala …. Lord Venkateshwara Abhisheka vaibhavam …….. VenkaTAdri samam sthAnam brahmANDe nAsti kinchana …venkateSa samo devo …. na bhUto na bhaviSyati……..

  1. Lakshminarayana says:

    We have experienced a divine pilgrimage of the Lord Thank you

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  2. g anand says:

    jai HO. ___0^____________

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  3. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Varadan we all together had TRUE IMMENSE INTENSIFIED INFINITE DEEP DIVINE DECKED SOUL STIRRING SOLITUDE SUPREME SCALING UP THE MOUNTAINS MANGALA MELTING MOOD ELEVATING ENRICHING ENGULFING ENSURING ENTHUSIASTIC ENCAPTURING ENCAPSULATING FULFILLING FIRING FIERCING FEEL-GOOD GALLOPING GRINDING GOAL SEEKING HEART RENDING HAILING PIERCING PEACE GIVING POWER RENDING DARSHAN OF VENKATACHALAPATHY right from our home avoiding all crowd – BRAHMA PADAMU – in various angles!
    All that comes to my petty mind is the words of Thondar adi podi Alwar:”Avanai Avanallal Adayavum mudiyathu”
    – Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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  4. c.jayaram says:

    What a spiritual journey interspersed with divine songs. I have no suitable words to thank you. vazhga ungal kainkaryam.
    jayaram chakravarthy

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