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Pavitrotsavam begins at Tirumala on religious note

Sun, Aug 14, 2016, 07:06 PM
Tirumala, Aug.14: The annual three-day Pavitrotsavam festival commenced in Tirumala temple from August 14 in a religious manner. As a part of the religious fete, the ritwiks performed Snapana Tirumanjanam to the Utsavarulu amidst chanting of Veda Mantras.

This is a periodical ritual which is derived from the combination of two words Pavitra (holy) and utsava (festival). This utsava is penitential as well as propitiatory, and its main objective is to get rid of the evil that might have been caused due to omissions and commissions in the performance of various rituals throughout the year.

The festival is also known as Dosha Nivaarana (error correction), Sarva Yajna Phalapradha (one ritual that equals the holiness of rites year long), Sarva Doshopasamana (Removal of all errors), Sarva Tushtikara, Sarvakaamapradha and Sarvalokasantida.

In Tirumala, the Pavitrotsavam is conducted on Sravana Suddha Dasami. The origin of Pavitrotsavam in Tirumala dates back to 1463 A.D. as per the stone inscription found in the first prakara of the temple. The festival is believed to have been conducted till 1562 A.D. after which the ritual was stopped. The TTD revived the festival and has been observing it since 1962.

TTD has cancelled all arjitha sevas during these three days.
On the first day, after performing puja in yagashala in connection with this festival, Pavitra Pratishtha is performed by the Vedic pundits. TTD EO Dr. D Sambasiva Rao, Temple DyEO Rama Rao, Temple Peishkar R Selvam and devotees were present.

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