Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam in Tirumala Tirupati Temple

Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam in Tirumala Tirupati Temple is performed as a prelude to all major festival celebrations such as Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Brahmotsavams and Vaikuntha Ekadasi.

Prior to Ugadi festival, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams performed Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam on 9 April 2013, Tuesday.

Prior to Vaikunta Ekadasi, Thirumanjanam is performed on January 7, Tuesday in 2014. As a part of it, the temple will be closed from 6 AM to 11 AM. The temple will be opened after Thirumanjanam at 12 noon for common devotees.

Prior to Salakatla Brahmotsavam, Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam was held on 11 September 2012.

Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam is the cleansing of the sanctum sanctorum (garbha gudi) of Lord Venkateswara Temple. During this, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) cancels darshan for devotees.

Prior to Aanivara Asthanam celebrations, Tirumala Venkateswara temple was closed for Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam for 5 hours, between 6 am to 11 am on 10 July 2012. Prior to Vaikunta Ekadasi 2012, Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam was celebrated on 3 January 2012.

After the usual pre-dawn rituals all the deities excepting the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara in the sanctum sanctorum are taken to the adjacent chamber and cover with water-proof garments. Priests perform Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam ritual by smearing a rich paste made of refined champor, saffron and sandal wood on the inner walls of the sanctum. After this sacred ritual, the water-proof garments are removed and idols are taken back their places in the sanctum.

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