Parveta Utsavam in Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple is an annual celestial Safari (hunting game) of the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Sri Krishna Swamy.
In 2014, Parveta Utsavam was celebrated on 16 January, Thursday. Parveta Utsavam is celebrated on the following day of Makara Sankranti i.e. Kanuma (Maattu Pongal).
It is being celebrated in Tirumala amidst religious fervour and gaiety on Thursday evening. Accompanied by Sri Krishna Swamy, the processional deity of Venkateshwara Swamy Sri Malayappa Swamy is taken out in procession to Paruveta Mandapam on Thursday noon with five important weapons (Panchayudha) namely Sudarshana Chakra, Nandakam Sword, Panchajanya Conch, Kamodaki Gadha, Sharanga bow and Arrow.
The one of the most jubilant events of TTD is witnessed by hundreds of thousands of eyes of devotees who thronged the temple to witness the Hunting game of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.
It is to note that Paruveta Mandapam is located about three kilometers near Papavinasanam.
As per the traditions, the EO of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams leads the Parveta Utsavam by carrying a silver ‘Ete’, a traditional artillery weapon which can kill the wild animals. Annamacharya Kritis are sung by artistes just after the Puja at Parveta Mandapam and then both the deities are taken out from the Mandapam for the celestial hunt.
Before joining Malayappa Swamy in Parveta Utsavam, Sri Krishna Swamy visits the guest house of Sannidhi Gollas and have the butter. To make this fest more colourful, the Chief Priest of the temple along with the EO take part in this joyful event by throwing the ‘Ete’ thrice at the replicas of wild animals.
After the victory of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Sri Krishna Swamy, the deities are brought back to the main temple of Bangaru Pallaki (Golden palanquin).