The Festival of Purification-Pavitrotsavams, which made its entry in the long list of annual rituals that are being observed in the famous shrine of Tirumala temple by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) every year will be performed from August 3 to 5 for three days with Ankurarpanam on August 2 in 2017.
This annual festival will be observed on the important days of Ekadasi, Dwadasi and Trayodasi in the month of Sravana as per Hindu calendar. This festival was first instituted by Saluva Mallaiah Deva Raja in 1463 A.D. at Tirumala during the period of Saluva Narasimha as per the inscription 157 present on inner prakaram of Srivari Temple.
During these three days, Tirumanjanam and Homam are performed to the main deity and as well as primary idols of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
The significance of the festival is that the priests symbolically seek the pardon of the Lord for their acts of all omissions and commissions committed either knowingly or unknowingly during the performance of daily rituals to the presiding deity inside the temple all through the year.
On the first day of Pavithra Homam, second day Pavitra Samarpana and on final day Purnahuti will be observed in the temple. TTD has cancelled Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deeplankara Seva on August 2, Tiruppavada, Nija Pada Darshanam, Kalyanotsavam, Dolotsavam, arjitha brahmotsavam, vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva on the remaining days.