Religious fervour marked the Bagh Savari festival observed at the Hill shrine of Tirumala on Monday evening, 2 October 2017. This festival which would be observed on the immediate day after the conclusion of the nine-day Brahmotsavam has great significance and an interesting legend to convey the message of the bonding between a devotee and Lord.
LORD AND GODDESS TESTIFY THE DEVOTION OF ANANTALWAR
According to temple legends, Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi in the guise of ordinary humans destroy the flower gardens grown up by Ananthalwar, an devotee of Lord who introduced Pushpa Kainkaryams in the temple, only to testify his dedicated devotion.
In a bid to catch-hold of the “Divine Human Couple”, Ananthalwar succeeds in tying up Goddess to an Aswatha tree in his garden while the Lord escapes from his clutches running anti-clock wise. Later, Ananthalwar realises his mistake and carries the Goddess in a floral basket to the Srivari temple and rejoins her with the Lord.
WHERE LORD IS TAKEN ON PROCESSION IN AN ANTI-CLOCKWISE MANNER
As the Lord escapes in an anti-clockwise direction, even today this festival is conducted in an anti-clock wise manner. In connection with the festival, the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his two consorts were taken around in a procession from the main temple to the Ananthalwar gardens situated on the south-west corner of the temple complex.
After observing certain religious formalities at the gardens, the deities were again taken back to the main temple. The TTD officials, priests and scores of devotees and locals took part in the festival.