In connection with Salakatla Anivara Asthanam on July 16, the traditional temple cleansing ceremony Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam will be performed on July 11 in Tirumala temple.
Koil means ‘Holy Shrine’. Alwar means “Devotee”. Tirumanjanam means “Cleaning with aromatic ingredients”. Therefore Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam is a purifying ceremony of sanctum santorum and temple premises by devotees. During the ceremony all the deities and other articles are removed from sanctum sanctorum and cleansed with special aromatic mixture called “Parimalam”, while the “Mula Virat” is covered with a water- proof covering.
The entire Garbha Griham, including floors, ceilings and walls, sub-shrines inside the sanctum, puja articles are cleaned with water and Tirumanjanam which is a composition of camphor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric Kicchili Gadda (a root vegetable) etc. is smeared, which acts as a disinfectant.
The covering of the main deity is then removed and other articles are replaced inside as usual. This ceremony is performed strictly as per the agamas and is conducted four times year before Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Eakadasi and Annual Brahmotsavams.