The temple administration of TTD will perform Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on March 13 in connection with the Telugu New Year’s Day-Ugadi which falls on March 18.
It is an age old agama tradition (usually performed on Tuesday) to perform this purifactory ceremony four times in a year in Tirumala shrine before annual brahmotsavams, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Ugadi and Anivara Asthanam.
On this day, the entire premises of Tirumala, sub-shrines inside the temple, main deity, sub-deities, vessels and utensils that are used daily in puja, walls, roofs etc. of the Tirumala temple are cleansed with a special amalgamation of Sandalwood paste, turmeric, Kichiligadda(root of a tuber) etc. which is made into a thick paste and applied to them.
The temple staff will take part actively in this ceremony and perform this as a yagna with dedication and devotion. This ceremony will be from 6am to 10am. After this, the temple priests perform special puja to the main deity and parivara devatas.
TTD cancelled arjitha sevas including Astadala Pada Padmaradhana owing to this festival on that day. Darshan to pilgrims will commence only after 11am.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI.