Tirumala Tirupati Brahmotsavam dates 2018 have been released by TTD trust with detailed schedule for devotees. TTD Brahmotsavam 2018 annual 9 days “Navrathri Brahmotsavam” dates and schedule –
- Start Date – 23 September 2018
- End Date – 1st October 2018
- Garuda Seva – 27th September 2018 from 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Srivari Brahmotsavam is the most auspicious festival celebrated at Sri Venkateshwara Temple. This festival goes on for nine days during Ashwin Navratras. According to the legends, the origin of this festival is associated with Lord Brahma.
Brahmotsavam means “Brahma’s Utsav”. On the first day of Brahmotsavam 2018, a ritual called “Anurarpana” is performed. The Anurarpana ritual signifies fertility, abundance, & prosperity. During this nine-day festival, various religious activities like Homas and daily processions take place.
Important Note – During Brahmotsavam, TTD special entry darshan or Seeghra Darshan tickets will be cancelled.
Brahmotsavam Schedule 2018
|Date||Day||Morning Vahanam||Time||Night Vahanam||Time|
|23/09/18||Sat||Dwajarohanam||09:00am to 11:00am||Pedda Sesha Vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|24/09/18||Sun||Chinna Sesha Vahanam||09:00am to 11:00am||Hamsa Vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|25/09/18||Mon||Simha Vahanam||09:00am to 11:00||Muthyapu Pandiri (Muthu Pandal)||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|26/09/18||Tue||Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam||09:00am to 11:00||Sarva Bhoopala vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|27/09/18||Wed||Mohini Avatharam||09:00am to 11:00am||Garuda Vahanam||07:30pm to 1:00am|
|28/09/18||Thu||Hanumantha vahanam||09:00am to 11:00am||Golden Chariot (Evening) & Gaja Vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|29/09/18||Fri||Surya Prabha Vahanam||09:00am to 11:00am||Chandra Prabha Vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|30/09/18||Sat||Radhothsavam||09:00am to 11:00am||Aswa Vahanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
|01/10/18||Sun||Chakra snaanam||09:00am to 11:00am||Dwajarohanam||09:00pm to 11:00pm|
- Separate Entry and Exit gates to avoid any confusion
- New ‘Sarva Bhupala Vahanam’gets ready day before the Garuda Seva.
- APSRTC has planned to operate more than one 3700 trips with 550 buses for Garuda Seva.
- During Brahmotsavam, only protocol VIPs are allowed and advanced reservation of TTD room booking is also cancelled during this nine day fest.
- Annaprasadam will be distributed on Garuda Seva day from 12 noon onwards for the pilgrims waiting in galleries.
- For more details, please contact TTD Online call centre (24×7) –
Dwajarohanam Timings –
– Saturday, 23rd Sep 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM
– Sunday, 1st Oct 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
Dwajarohanam is flag hoisting ceremony that takes place on the first day by hoisting a flag (Dhwaj). The flag has a picture Garuda on it and is placed on top of Dwajasthambam of the temple. The flag is hoisted amidst Vedic chanting.
The flag hoisting symbolizes the formal invitation to all the deities to attend the Brahmotsavam. Before flag hoisting, a procession is carried out. In this procession, idols of deities like Malayappa, Sridevi and Bhudevi are carried in the procession along with the flag.
The idols of parivara devthas such as Anantha, chakra, Garuda and Vishvaksena are also carried in the procession. After the flag hoisting, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, offers new silk clothes to the Lord Venkateshwara.
Pedda Sesha Vahanam –
Pedda Sesha Vahanam Timings –
– Saturday, 23rd Sep 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
Pedda Sesha Vahanam is seven headed which is believed to be Aadi Sesha. These seven heads represent seven hills of Lord Venketeshwara.
Once the Dwajarohanam is over, Lord Malayappa is taken out in a procession in the evening. The procession is carried out in a finally decorated vehicle (Vahanam) which looks like Aadi Sesha. Aadi Sesha is a thousand headed chief serpent god. Lord Srimannarayan, in his abode in Sri Vaikunta, rests on Aadi Sesha. The abode of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala Hills is set to be the manifestation of Lord Aadi Sesha.
Chinna Sesha Vahanam –
Chinna Sesha Vahanam Timings –
– Sunday, 24th Sep 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM
Chinna Sesha Vahanam is five-headed. Chinna means small. Chinna Sesha Vahanam is organized on second day of the 9-day Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateshwara. The day is marked with special ritual mentioned below to the utsava deities in the morning –
3. Panchanga Saravanam
4. Ekantha Thirumanjanam
Many bhajan and cultural troops proceed the grand procession. A special band of Sri Vaishnavite called “Veda Goshti” is led by temple heads and pundits. This form the frontal base of the procession which lasts for more than 2 hours.
Lord Kodandarama is taken out in a procession on “Vaasuki” (Serpent god) as his vehicle. Vaasuki is a five-headed serpent which is also called “Chinna Sesha Nagu”. Vaasuki is favorite of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Hamsa Vahanam –
Hamsa Vahanam Timings
– Sunday, 24th Sep 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
After Chinna Sesha Vahanam is over, the Lord is again taken out in a procession in the evening on a golden Hamsa (Swan) as his vehicle. Hamsa or Swan means Pure. In the procession of Hamsa Vahanam , the Lord dons the role of Goddess Saraswati.
Simha Vahanam –
Simha Vahanam Timings
– Monday, 25th Sep 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM
On the Third day of Brahmotsavam, in the morning, the Lord is taken out in a procession on Lion as his vehicle. Lion symbolizes royalty and power. The Lion dons the form of half man and half Lion in his Narsimha Avatara.
Muthyapu Pandiri (Muthu Pandal) –
Muthyapu Pandiri Timings
– Monday, 25th Sep 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
On the evening of third day of Brahmotsavam, the Lord is taken out in a procession. The procession is carried out in a chariot decorated with a canopy of pearls. Pearls symbolizes purity and royalty.
Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam –
Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam Timings
– Tuesday, 26th Sep 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM
On the morning of the 4th Day of Brahmotsavam, the Lord is taken out in a procession on Kalp Vriksha as his vehicle. Kalp Vriksha signifies that the Lord is a giver of boons and fulfills all the wishes of his devotees. Kalp Vriksha is the divine tree that grants all wishes. The vehicle is decorated with golden tree and its branches. The idol of the Lord is covered with a golden canopy.
Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam –
Sarva Bhoopala Vahanam Timings
– Tuesday, 26th Sep 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
On the evening of the 4th Day of Brahmotsavam, the Lord is taken out in a procession on Sarva Bhoopla Vahanam. Sarva Bhoopla means that the god in charge of earth, water and air, becomes the pall-bearer of his vehicle. Sarva Bhoopla Vahanam indicates that the Lord Venkateshwara controls the entire universe including the dikpala’s. He also battles against evil elements to protect his devotees.
According to the legends, the dikpala’s are as follows –
Agni (South East)
Niruti (North East)
Vayu (South West)
Parmeshwara (North West)
They are termed as Asht Dikpala who serve Lord Venketeshwara.
Mohini Avatharam –
Mohini Avatharam Timings
– Wednesday, 27th Sep 2018, 9 AM to 11 AM
On the morning of the 5th Day of Brahmotsavam, the Lord is taken out in a procession. The Lord vehicle is decorated in the attire of Mohini Avtaram also known as Ksheersagar madhanam. Ksheersagar madhanam means the one who distributes divine nector.
Usually for processions during Brahmotsavam, all Vahanam start from the Vahanam mandap which outside the temple. But mohini avtaram starts directly from the temple in dantha palki alogwith Lord Krishna idol in another palanquin.
Chandra Prabha Vahanam –
Chandra Prabha Vahanam Timings –
– Friday, 29th September 2018, 9 PM to 11 PM
Chandra Prabha Vahanam takes place on the 7th day of Brahmotsavam. On this day, the idol of Lord Venkateshwara rides on top of the Chandra Prabha Vahanam. It is a divine site for all the devotees who gather for this event. This event takes place in the four Mada streets.
Chandra or Moon symbolizes medicinal values for all the living beings including plants. In Brahmotsavam, Moon is considered as the symbol of Lord Venkateshwara’s procession vehicle. According to purusha sooktha, the Moon is born from the mind of Lord Vishnu. Moon symbolizes calmness and is considered as the commander of mind.
This ritual describes that Moon causes day and night.
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