TIRUMALA, July 14, 2015: Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam’ was performed on Tuesday at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara amidst religious fervour in connection with the Anivara Asthanam as a prelude scheduled for July 17.
Koil Alwar means ‘Holy Shrine’. The main purpose of performing koil Tirumanjanam is purification of sanctum santorum and temple premises. During the cermony all the murtis and other articles are removed from santum santorum and the mula murti is covered with water- proof covering. The entire garbhafriham, including floors, ceilings and walls are then cleaned and brushed well eith plenty of water. The whole place is then smeared with kunkum, champor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric etc. as disincecant. the covering of the main deity is then removed and the deities, deepam and other articles are replaced inside. Purificatory pujas and Naivedyams are the offered to the deity.
This ceremony performed strictly as per the agamas is conducted four times in a year i.e before Ugadi, before Anivara Asthanam,before Vaikunta Eakadasi, before Annual Brahmotsavam.
Temple DyEO Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, TTD Board Members Sri G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Sri DP Ananth, Suptd of Police Sri Gopinath Jatti and employees took part in the mass cleansing temple festival which lasted from 6am to 9am.
Later the sarva dashan assumed for pilgrims after 9.30am. While the cleansing process was underway, the statues including the moolvirat of Lord Venkateswara, Yoganarasimha Swamy, Varadaraja Swamy etc. have been completely closed with white cloth. After the Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam ritual is over, the clothes have been removed and Sarva Darshan commenced.
Following this festival, TTD has cancelled Asta Dala Pada Padmaradhana seva in Sri Vari Temple on Tuesday.