Srivari Brahmotsavam at Tirumala – Origin and Significance
The Srivari Brahmotsavam held annually at the temple town of Tirumala is one of the most popular celebrations in south India as it attracts large groups of people eager to participate in this spiritual gathering.
As devotees of Lord Venkateswara many undertake the journey to the Tirumala hills via the designated footpath from Alipiri or Srivari mettu.
What exactly is Srivari Brahmotsavam and what happens in this festival? Let’s know in detail…
The story of Brahmotsavam is illustrates this way: once Lord Indra (king of heaven) killed a Brahma-raakshasa (a demonic character) which is termed as Brahma Hatya Dosham. Later on, Indra could not stay with this sin in such a heavenly place and he requested Brahma to do something. Lord Brahma relieved Indra of this sin by conducting a ceremony in which he needed to carry Lord Vishnu on his head as a special ritual. This ritual, a holy bath of Lord Vishnu was called Avabritha Snaanam and henceforth celebrated became celebrated as Brahmotsavam.
Significance and Celebrations of Brahmotsavam
This festival is celebrated over a nine-day period beginning with Ankurarpana puja on the first day which is done to obtain prosperity and abundance among the people. It is believed to have cleansing effect on the temple and the devotees. This ceremony is celebrated periodically in the temple where the washing activities are meant to wash away the sins of the devotees. It is said that the great demigods like Brahma and Indra wait eagerly to participate in the Brahmotsavam of Lord Vishnu. Thus in vaishnava cult Brahmotsavam is considered the most significant celebration among all the other festivals.
In the celebrations of Brahmotsavam thousands of people throng the temple. They clean the temple and everyday there is a special ritual. Among the 9 days, each day the deities are taken in different vehicles. In the evening the deities are put on the swing and given grand arati. All this makes the event very memorable in the hearts of the devotees.
Devotees’ Lifetime Experience
After nine days of their time in the festival, the devotees feel the spiritual and mental peace attained within them and leave the place in harmony. On the concluding day, the celebration of Janma Nakshatra (birth star) of Sri Balaji is celebrated in a grand manner by bathing Sudarsana Chakra (lord Vishnu’s weapon) in the Pushkarini (temple tank) and all the devotees bathe afterwards which allows the devotees to feel the essence of holiness and spirituality of the gods and therefore they carry that sacredness back home.