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About The Weavers Who Weave Sesha Vastrams for Tirupati Balaji

The five-meter-long white vastrams (dhoti) with a maroon color silk border worn by Lord Venkateswara at the TirupatiBalajiTemple in Tirumala on the first day of the annual Brahmotsavam is known as Sesha Vastrams or Eruvada Jodi Panchalu. This holy dress for Lord Balaji is prepared by a group of weavers at GadwalTown in Mahbubnagar District in Andhra Pradesh. The traditional loom used to weave the holy dress is only used for this purpose, The weavers perform special austerities and observe Vrata while weaving the dress, which is completed in six weeks.Brahmotsavam in TirupatiBalajiTemple coincides with the Navratri (September – October). S. Sandeep Kumar writes about this unique holy dress making in The HinduThe Konkathi family has been weaving ‘Sesha Vastrams’ for the past 10 generations, on a decree from the Gadwal royal family. Chief weaver K. Venkateswarlu makes the designs and all the five of them weave the vastrams on a traditional loom in their house. The loom is used only once …

Prathamashtami 2017 – Pradam Ashtami

Prathamashtami, or Pradam Ashtami, is observed on the eight day (ashtami) in the month of Margasira (November – December) in Orissa. Prathamashtami 2017 date is November 10. Special pujas are performed for the wellbeing and prosperity of the eldest child in the family. Sasthi Devi is prayed to for the long life of the child by mother and other female members.

Prathamashtami is based on the social belief that it is the eldest child who has to look after the family after the death of the parents and it this child who has to continue the lineage or the family tradition.

The eldest child is presented new clothes and Kalasha is placed on a rice bed before. This symbolizes prosperity and fertility.

A delicacy called Haladi Patra Pitha – rice cake filled with sweet stuffing and wrapped in green leaves of turmeric plant before being steamed – is made as Prasad and is distributed.

The cake is first offered to Sasthi Devi, who is the protector of children.

Words of Wisdom – Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj

Contentment is the destroyer of all three - desires, anger and greed.If you desire happiness from your children, then serve your mother and father.Each and ever person if they improve, then this entire society will improve.Knowledge leads to freedom, but pride of knowledge leads one to hell.Those who progress spiritually, they naturally progress in worldly matters as well.Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj