Teppotsavam at Tirupati Balaji Temple in 2014



Teppotsavam is boat festival held at Tirupati Balaji Temple. The processional deity of Lord Venkateswara in various guises seated on a boat takes ride in the holy waters of Swami Pushkarini for five days.  The annual Teppotsavam at Tirumala is scheduled to take place from March 12, 2014 to March 16.  Also known as ‘Boat Festival’ or ‘Float Festival’, it is one of the important annual festivals being performed in Tirumala Balaji Temple. It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the evenings at around 6pm with religious fervor.

The processional deities are taken in a boat (Teppam), in the temple tank, together with chanting of hymns and the playing of nadaswarams.

On the first day, the processional deity in the form of Sri Rama takes the boat ride along with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman.

On the second day, Lord as Sri Krishna takes ride along with Goddess Rukmini.

On the last three days, Sri Malayappa Swami (Balaji) flanked by his two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi move in the sacred waters of the Temple Lake.