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Srivaru gets special cleansing with “PARIMALAM”

Tue, Jul 12, 2016, 07:54 PM
Tirumala, July 12: In connection with the annual Anivara Asthanam on July 16, Koil Alwar tirumanjanam, the traditional temple cleansing fete with aromatic mixture ‘parimalam’ was observed in Tirumala on Tuesday.

The entire holy activity lasted for four hours from 6 am to 10 am. TTD has cancelled Astadala pada padmaradhana Seva in connection with this festival. Meanwhile, the entire sanctum sanctorum, deities in Antaralam, standing lamps, hanging lamps and so on were also cleansed with Parimalam, an amalgamation of 18 varieties of herbs, including cuscus, kicchiligadda and others which not only cleanses but also acts as disinfectant.

Main deity covered with ghatatopam

Before commencing the cleansing fete, the main deity and Bhogasrinivasa Murthy were covered with a traditional cotton cloth called ‘Ghatatopam’ to shield them from dust. Later the other parivara devatalu were brought outside and cleansed near bangaru bavi in Vimana prakaram. After completing the whole cleansing activity, the parivara devatalu, lamps, pooja articles were brought inside the sanctum and the white cloth on main deity and bhoga Srinivasan Murthy was removed.

Astottara Sata Namarchana performed

Later Astottara Satanamarchana, recitation of 108 Divine names of Lord Venkateshwara was performed, and devotees were allowed for darshan. TTD trust board chairman Dr. Ch Krishnamurthy, TTD EO Dr. D Sambasiva Rao and others took part in the celestial fete.

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