Nagalapuram Temple Teppotsavam is celebrated as Surya Seva during Phalguna Masam in Telugu calendar. In 2020, Nagalapuram Vedanarayanaswamy Temple Theppotsavam begins on 23 March and ends on 27 March. Surya Pujotsavam (Surya Seva) is performed during this event in the temple.
The festival attracts thousands of devotees from all over the State and Tamil Nadu. The unique feature of the festival is the falling of the sun’s rays on the presiding deity of Lord Sri Vedanarayana situated inside the sanctum sanctorum, only on these days. Travelling a distance of 630 feet from the temple tower, the rays of the setting sun slowly enters the main threshold and further into the ‘Garbagriha’ and stops at the deity’s feet, navel and crown on the first, second and third day respectively. As it occurs never again in other parts of the year, it is considered an astronomical marvel and its a standing example for the architectural skills of Vijayanagara rulers.
The event is also viewed as a form of the Sun paying obeisance to the Lord and hence is called ‘Surya Puja’. The legend also says that in a bid to save the Vedas from Asura, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu has fought for thousands of years and succeeded in His effort. To give a soothing relief and refresh energy to Lord, the Sun God touches His entire body with his rays in a phased manner on each day.
Nagalapuram Surya Seva Teppotsavam Schedule 2020
Thursday, 23 March 2020 – Sita Sametha Sri Ramachandra Swamy vari Veedhi Utsavam
Friday, 24 March 2020 – Sri Vedavalli Sametha Sri Vedanarayanaswamy Vari Veedhi Utsavam
Saturday, 25 March 2020 – Sri Vedavalli Sametha Sri Vedanarayanaswamy Vari Teppotsavam
Sunday, 26 March 2020 – Sri Vedavalli Sametha Sri Vedanarayanaswamy Vari Teppotsavam
Monday, 27 March 2020 – Sri Vedavalli Sametha Sri Vedanarayanaswamy Vari Teppotsavam
The TTD management has decided to make the five-day event special by arranging ‘Snapana Tirumanjanam’ (celestial bath) to the deities of Sri Vedanarayana and His consort Vedavalli everyday in the morning.
After the ‘Surya Puja’ from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm, a procession will be taken in the streets of the village (Tiruveedhi Utsavam) in the evening and the lord will be taken on Tiruchi on first three days, on ‘Muthyapu Pandiri Vahanam’ on the fourth day and ‘Sesha Vahanam’ on the final day.
Special devotional programmes will be conducted daily under the auspices of Annamacharya Project.