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Brahmotsavam – Annual Tirumala Tirupati Temple Sri Vari Brahmotsavams

The annual Navratri Brahmotsavam celebrations in Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple attracts scores of devotees from India and abroad. The annual Navratri Brahmotsavams in 2017 is from September 23 to October 1. During the nine-days of the Brahmotsavams, Lord Venkateswara will be taken in procession around the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Lord Vishnu legends). There will be special Unjal Seva during the period.

During the Annual Brahmotsavams, thousands of devotees throng Tirumala Balaji Temple to witness Lord Venkateswara arriving on different Vahanas. The entire place and temple will be decked with flowers.

Here is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavams in Tirupati Balaji Temple.

Brahmotsavam Day One – Dhwajarohanam and Pedda Sesha vahanam
Dhwajarohanam – flag hoisting ceremony in the morning. Garuda dhwaja, flag with the emblem of a black garuda is hoisted.
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 – Chinna Sesha vahana and Hamsa vahanam
In the 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 – Simha vahanam and Mutayalapandiri Vahana
In the 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. Pearl symbolizes purity.

Brahmotsavam Day Four – Kalpavriksha Vahana and Sarvabhoopala Vahanam
In the 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 – Mohini Avatarotsavam and Garuda Vahana
In the morning 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.

Brahmotsavam Day Six – Hanumantha Vahana and Gaja Vahanam
In the morning, procession on Hanumantha Vahana, vehicle dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
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 – Suryaprabha Vahanam and Chandraprabha Vahana
In the 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 – Rathotsavam and Ashwa Vahana
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 – Chakrasnanam
In the 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.

Day nine evening, Dhwajavarohanam, the Grauda flag will be lowered.