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Andal Neerattotsavam – A Festival Dedicated to Andal in Dhanrumasa at Tirupati Balaji Temple



Andal Neerattotsavam is a unique festival dedicated to Goddess Andal, or Godadevi, in Dhanrumasa at the famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. The festival begins seven days before the Bhogi festival in Dhanurmasam. In 2018, Andal Neerattotsavam begins on January 6, 2018.

On all days during the period (starting from January 6), Andal is performed special pujas in the morning at the Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. After the puja, Andal is taken out on a palanquin procession from Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. She moves through the mada streets and settles down at the Neeratta mandapam at Ramachandra Teertham.

At the Neeratta Mandapam, Abhishekam, Nivedanam, Saattumora and Asthanam are conducted as per customs to Godadevai. She remains there till evening. Later the deity is being adorned with flowers and carried back in a palanquin to Sri Govindarajaswami temple.

The Neerattotsavam is being performed for seven days.

On the eighth day i.e. on the Bhogi day, Andal along with Lord Krishna, ascends the Bhogi palanquin in the evening moves round through mada streets and reaches the Andal sannidhi in the Sri Govindarajaswami temple. This day Godadevi marries Lord Krishna at the Sri Govindarajaswami Temple and Utsavams are celebrated in a grand manner.

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