Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board has released the Srivari Annual Brahmotsavams & Navaratri Brahmotsavams schedule. This celebration was a very big and remarkable event for TTD as it attracts many tourists and devotees for special celebration. During this festive days Lord Govinda will ascend his all 14 vahanas and will give darshan in Tirumaada Streets openly. This was a feast for devotees this year because, two times Brahmotsavams are conducted due to Hindu Calendar.
History and legend
From many generations it is wide known that on Tirumala hill, every year in Dussera Navaratri period 9 festive days are celebrated as Brahmotsavams. Puranic or legend sources says that Lord Brahma (Creator of the Universe) has appealed lord Vishnu for his curse that He was left out of all worships ans Sacrifies, Yagnas etc. So Lord Vishnu granted him permission to conduct all his utsavams by his hand. So these festive celebrations are called Brahmotsavams.
Sri Venkateshwara Sahasranamastotra refers to Brahma performing the festival, signified by a small, empty wooden chariot (brahmaratham) which moves ahead of the processions of the Venkateshwara processional deity Malayappa.
Current Schedule for Annual TTD Tirumala Srivari Brahmotsavam 2020:
In 2020 the srivari brahmostavams are performed from 19th September to 27th September the detailed schedule is given below
|month||Morning Vahanam||timings||Evening Vahanam|
|19 September 2020||Dhwajarohanam||4.00 to 4.45 PM||Peda Sesha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 PM|
|20 September 2020||Chinna Sesha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Hamsa Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 PM|
|21 September 2020||Simha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 PM|
|22 September 2020||Kalavriskha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Sarva Bhupala Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 PM|
|23 September 2020||Mohini Avataram||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Garuda Vahanam||7.30 to 12.00 PM|
|24 September 2020||Hanumantha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Gaja Vahanam||4.00 to 6.00 PM|
|25 September 2020||Surya Prabha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00 AM||Chandra Prabha Vahanam||9.00 to 11.00|
|26 September 2020||Swarna Radhotsavam||7.30 AM||Aswa Vahanam||8.00 PM|
|27 September 2020||Chakra Snanam||5.00 to 7.30 AM||Dwaja Avarohanam||6.30 to 9.00 PM|
Overview of Tirumala Srivari Brahmotsavam Schedule:
The Brahmotsavam is held over nine days at the beginning of the Hindu calendar month of Āśvina, paralleling Navaratri. The evening before the first day, the rite of Ankurarpana (the sowing of seeds to signify fertility and abundance) is performed. The main first-day activity is Dwajarohana, the raising of the Garuda flag to signify the beginning of the festival. Religious activities during the festival include daily homas and processions on streets surrounding the temple. The final day commemorates Venkateswara’s birth star. The Sudarshana Chakra is bathed in the temple tank with the devotees. The Chakra is then placed on a high platform, and the devotees walk under it and are blessed with its dripping water. The festival ends with Dhvajavarohanam, the lowering of the Garuda flag