Who is the author of Venkateswara Suprabhatam?

The Venkateswara Suprabhatam, or Venkatesa Suprabhatam, was composed by Prativadi Bhayankara Annan, a disciple of Sri Manavala Mamuni. Suprabhatam is the first and foremost ritual performed in the morning at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. And the hymns written by Prativadi Bhayankara Annan are sung by priests at this time.

The Venkateswara Suprabhatam chanted at Tirupati temple consists of 70 Sanskrit shlokas. It is divided into four parts – Suprabhatam, Stotram, Prapatti and Mangalasasanam.

  • Suprabhatam, or Venkatesa Suprabhatam – sung to awaken the Lord

Kausalyasuprajarama!
Purva sandhya pravartate,
Uttistha! narasardula!
Kartavyam daivam ahnikam.

Uttisthottistha! govinda!
uttistha garudadhvaja!
uttistha kamalakanta!
trailokyam mangalam kuru.

These are the first two stanzas of Venkateswara Suprabhatam. It consists of 28 stanzas. (when counted without repetitions).

  • Stotram, or Venkatesa Stotram – It extols the greatness and nobility of Lord Balaji

Kamala-kucha-chuchuka-kunkumato
niyatarunitatula-nilatano!
kamalayata-lochana!lokapate!
vijayi bhava!venkata sailapate.

Sachaturmukha-sanmukha-panchamukha-
pramukhakhila-daivata-maulimane!
sarangatavatsala!saranidhe!
paripalaya mam vrsa-sailapate.

These are the first two stanzas of Venkateswara Stotram. It consists of 10 stanzas.

  • Prapatti, or Venkatesa Prapatti – In this Shlokas the devotee surrenders totally to Venkateshwara.

Isanam jagato ‘sya venkatapater visnoh param preyasim
tad-vaksassthala-nityavasa rasikam tatsantisamvardhinim,
padmalankrta-panipallava-yugam padmasanastham
sriyamvatsalyadi-gunojjyalam bhagavatim
vande jaganmataram.

This is the first stanza of Venkateswara Prapatti. It consists of 16 stanzas.

  • Mangalasasanam, or Venkatesa Mangalasasanam – This is the fourth and final part of Suprabhatam. In it the devotee wishes Venkateswara all the very best in his activities.

Sriyah kantaya kalayana-
nidhaye nidhaye'rthinam,
sri venkata nivasaya
srinivasaya mangalam

Laksmi-savibhramaloka-
subhru-vibhrama chaksuse,
chaksuse sarvalokanam
venkatesaya mangalam.

These are the first two stanzas of Venkateswara Mangalasasanam. It consists of 14 stanzas.

The most popular version of Venkatesa Suprabhatam is the one sung by MS Subbulakshmi and it is regularly played in the morning in millions of homes, temples and religious institutions.