The annual Srivari Brahmotsavam festival celebrated in Tirumala Tirupati will be held from September 15 to September 23 in 2007. It must be noted that this year there is an Adhika Masam and therefore there will be two Brahmotsavams – the Srivari (Salakatla) Brahmotsavams and the Navratri Brahmotsavams. The nine-day Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara is expected to attract millions of devotees. Below is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavam festivals in Tirupati.
On the preceding day of the first day of Lord Balaji Brahmotsavam, the Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam will be celebrated. This year it is on
- On September 15th – Brahmotsavam Day One morning, Dhwajarohana (flat hoisting) will be conducted by hoisting the Garuda dhwaja, a flag with the emblem of a black garuda (eagle). This is held near the Srivari Alaya Dhwajasthambham.
At night, the procession of Lord Venkateswara around the four streets of the main temple on the Pedda Seshavahana. The Pedda Seshavahana is a vehicle in the shape of Adisesha – the mythical seven hooded snake. It is believed that the seven hills on which Lord Balaji is resting are the seven hoods of Adisesha.
- On September 16th – Brahmotsavam Day Two morning, the procession of Lord Balaji around the temple on the Chinna Seshavahana (small vehicle in the shape of Adisesha).
At night, Unjal Seva, (Swinging puja) at the Uyala Mandapam. Then the procession of the Lord Venkateswara on the Hamsavahana – vehicle shaped like swan. Swan symbolizes purity and intellectual capacity to distinguish between bad and good.
- On September 17th – Brahmotsavam Day Three morning, procession on the Simhavahana, a vehicle in the shape of lion. The Simahavahana symbolizes authority. Also, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Narasimha (half man – half lion) to kill Hiranyakasipu.
At night, after the Unjal Seva, a procession on Mutayalapandiri Vahana, a vehicle decorated with pearls.
- On September 18th – Brahmotsavam Day Four morning, procession on Kalpavriksha Vahana, a vehicle in the shape of Kalpavriksha, a mythical tree. The tree is believed to grant boons and so the symbolism is that Lord will grant boons to the devotees on this day.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession on Sarvabhoopala Vahana, a vehicle symbolizing all the kings on the earth.
- On September 19th – Brahmotsavam Day Five morning, Mohini Avatarotsavam is held. It celebrates the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as ‘Mohini,’ a beautiful woman, during Ksheerasagaramadhanam (the churning of ocean to get nectar). Procession is on a palanquin and is accompanied by Lord Krishna.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession of Lord and consorts on the GarudaVahana. Lord Venkateswara is specially decorated with Mahaakanti and Sahasranaramala. This day attracts the maximum visitors as Garuda Vahana is the greatest of all Vahanas.
- September 2oth – Brahmotsavam Day Six morning, procession on Hanumad Vahana, vehicle dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Vasantotsavam (spring festival) is celebrated and there is no Unjal Seva on the day.
At night, procession on Gaja Vahana, vehicle in the shape of elephant. The elephant symbolizes wealth.
- September 21st – Brahmotsavam Day Seven morning, procession on Suryaprabha Vahana, vehicle shaped like the Sun chariot.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession on Chandraprabha Vahana, vehicle shaped like moon.
- September 22nd – Brahmotsavam Day Eight morning, Rathotsavam, procession of Lord on a huge chariot and devotees get a chance to pull the huge chariot. This is the only day in which the devotees can pull the chariot.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession on the Ashwa Vahana, vehicle in the shape of horse.
- September 23rd – Brahmotsavam Day Nine morning, Pallaki Seva and Chakrasnana Mahotsavam.
Procession of Lord Chakratalwar and ‘thirumanjana’ festival will be held. The processional deities used for Brahmotsavam will be anointed with puja items and Abhishekam will be performed. Then at the auspicious moment idol of Lord Chakra will be given a bath in the Srivari Pushkarini (sacred temple tank). Devotes then take a plunge in the holy waters.
Evening, Grauda flag will be lowered (Dhwajavarohanam).
Please note that this is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavam festivals.