Below is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavams in
The Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam will be celebrated on
Brahmotsavam Day One –
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.
Brahmotsavam Day Two – On October 13th 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.
Brahmotsavam Day Three – On October 14th 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.
Brahmotsavam Day Four – On October 15th morning, procession on Kalpavriksha Vahana, a vehicle in the shape of Kalpavriksha, a mythical tree.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession on Sarvabhoopala Vahana, a vehicle symbolizing all the kings on the earth.
Brahmotsavam Day Five – On October 16th morning, Mohini Avatarotsavam is held. It celebrates the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as ‘Mohini,’ a beautiful woman. 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.
Vasantotsavam (spring festival) is celebrated and there is no Unjal Seva on the day.
Lord Balaji is also taken out on a procession on the Golden Chariot, Swarna Ratham.
At night, procession on Gaja Vahana, vehicle in the shape of elephant.
Brahmotsavam Day Seven – October 18th morning, procession on Suryaprabha Vahana, vehicle shaped like the Sun chariot.
At night, after Unjal Seva, procession on Chandraprabha Vahana, vehicle shaped like moon.
Brahmotsavam Day Eight – October 19th 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.
Brahmotsavam Day Nine – October 20th morning, Pallaki Seva and Chakrasnana Mahotsavam.
The procession of Lord Chakratalwar and ‘Thirumanjana’ festival will be held on the day. 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 take a bath in the holy waters.
October 20th evening, Dhwajavarohanam, the Grauda flag will be lowered.
Please note that this is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavam festivals.