Garuda Seva to Malayappa Swamy – 20 September 2015. It is a sea of humans at Tirumala this afternoon as thousands of devotees congregating for the most picturous,colorful and auspicious event of the ongoing Salakatla Brahmotsavam.
All roads from Tirupati are leading to Tirumala today.Both the foot walkers paths – Alipiri and Srivari Mettu are flooded with locals climbing at neck break speed to reach top and occupy vantage positions in the gallaries around the Mada streets- the venue of the Mega show on earth – Garuda Vahanam.
The hill shrine of Tirumala is reverberating with the chanting of Govinda Nama with the arrival of thousands devotees on footpaths,all medians,Kalyana kattas,anna prasadam points and laddu collection counters.It appears entire humanity is here to witness the celestial event as Lord Venkateswara rode the mighty Garuda Vahanam with his entourage and blessed the common man.
Garuda Vahana Seva is considered to be the most important and prominent one among the vahana sevas in Sri Vaishnavaite temples.The procession of Lord Malayappa Swamy adorned with dazzling jewels and in bright silk vastrams,seated on Garuda Seva was a feast for devotees.
Garuda or the Eagle is the favorite vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Besides being the daily transport, Garuda also occupied the top slot in the Dwajam that heralded the commencement of the Brahmotsavam As the Key watcher of happenings around Lord Vishnu,Garuda also supervised the entire Srivari Brahmotsavam,say the legends.Garuda Seva well known and prominently practiced in108 countries in the Indian and South Asian countries and even widely watched with great revered in the countries like Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Tulasi Malas from Srivalliputtur and the Umbrellas from Chennai were also presented for special decorations of the Utsava Idols on the ocassion
All the galleries on the Mada street were exploding with devotees eager to witness the Garuda Vahanam .Many were spilled over the streets and by lanes of Tirumala eager to get a glance of the Garuda Vahanam on the mada streets,though the life size LED TV’s set up in over 23 locations of Tirumala.TTD had also made special arrangements with sophisticated equipment’s,high tech cameras,under the able direction of film director K Raghavendra Rao.
The Annadanam division had made elaborate arrangements to provide food,drinking water,snacks and also arrangement with enough lighting,mobile toilets and also security teams.Over one lakh were fed with delicious curd rice and Kadamb annams on garuda seva day “says DEO Venugopal, in charge of Anna Prasadams.’We have left nothing to chance and placed bomb disposal teams even in galleries ‘ says the vigilance officials.
Chairman Dr Ch Krishnamurthy, Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao, Joint Executive Officers Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Sri Pola Bhaskar, SP (URBAN) Sri Gopinath Jatti, CV&SO Sri Nagendra Kumar, Board Members Smt Suchithra Ella, Sri Hariprasad, Sri Raghavendra Rao, Sri AV Ramana, Sri Vaidyanathan Krishnamoorthy, Sri Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Sri G Bhanuprakash Reddy, ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, DyEO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam, Parpathyedar Sri Ajay and others were present.