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Thousands witness Kalpa Vriksha vahanam

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TTD authorities receive garlands from the temple of goddess Andal from Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu

Celebration time:The deity of Lord Venkateswara being taken out in a procession on Kalpa Vriksha vahanam as part of Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Tuesday.
Celebration time:The deity of Lord Venkateswara being taken out in a procession on Kalpa Vriksha vahanam as part of Brahmotsavam at Tirumala on Tuesday.

Grandeur marked the procession of ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ vahanam on Tuesday – the fourth day of the ongoing nine-day Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara.

The processional deity of Lord Malayappa flanked by his two consorts mounted atop the golden Kalpa Vriksha vahanam (tree of boons) was taken around the thoroughfares of the temple town.

Immense significance is attached to the festival as it is widely believed that the Lord bestows boons on all the devotees who pray him and fulfils their desires.

According to mythology – Kalpa Vriksha is a celestial constituent that surfaced with the churning of ‘Ksheera sagaram’ by the Angels and Demons even before the inception of the Universe.

The celestial powers such as the divine ‘Kamadhenu’ and ‘Chintamani’ also formed part of assemblage atop the vahanam. Processional deities were bedecked with very rare and precious jewels befitting the occasion.

The afternoon witnessed the performance of Snapana Thirumanjanam on the third consecutive day.

Later in the evening, the sacred garlands from the temple of goddess Andal from Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu reached Tirumala.

The TTD authorities ceremoniously received the garlands at a brief reception organised at the TTDs Pedda Jeeyar Mutt situated in front of the main temple complex and took them around in a grand procession around the hill shrine. The garlands will be adorned to the deity on Wednesday – on the eve of the auspicious Garuda seva.

After complying with the mandatory religious formalities, the procession of Sarva Bhupala vahanam was organised in the night marking the end of the day.


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