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Tirumala Brahmotsavam 2018 Dates - TTD Tirupati Balaji Temple Brahmotsavam Festival Schedule in 2018

The annual Brahmotsavam in Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple is the most important temple festival conducted by TTD. Trimula Navratri Brahmotsavam 2018 dates are October 10 to October 18, 2018. The detail schedule of each vahana during Tirupati Brahmotsavam by TTD is given below. During the nine-days of the Brahmotsavams, Sri Venkateswara will be taken in procession around the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Vishnu legends). There will be special Unjal Seva during the period. The most important day during the festival is Garuda Vahanam procession takes place more than 100,000 devotees assemble to witness the all important festival procession.

Note - As there is an Adhika Masam or extra month in 2018, there are two Brahmotsavams in 2018 the first one will be held from September 13 to September 21, 2018.

Tirumala Navratri Brahmotsavam Dates - Schedule

October 10, 2018 – Ankurarpana, Senathipathi Utsavam (Evening)
October 11, 2018 – Dwarjarahanam (Morning) Pedda Sesha Vahanam (Evening)
October 12, 2018 – Chinna Sesha Vahanam (Morning) Hamsa Vahanam (Evening)
October 13, 2018 – Simha Vahanam (Morning) Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam (Evening)
October 14, 2018 – Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam (Morning) Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam (Evening)
October 15, 2018  – Mohini Avatharam (Morning) Garuda Vahanam (Evening)
October 16, 2018 – Hanumantha Vahanam and Swarna Ratham (Morning) Gaja Vahanam (Evening)
October 17, 2018– Surya Prabha Vahanam (Morning) Chandra Prabha Vahanam (Evening)
October 18, 2018– Rathostavam (Morning) Aswa Vahanam (Evening)
October 18, 2018 – Chakra Snanam (Morning) Dwaja Avarohanam (Evening)

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 Sesha Vahana. The Pedda Sesha Vahana 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 a 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, 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 an 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 Garuda flag will be lowered.