Brahmotsavam (Tirupathi)

Type : Cultural
Month : September / October
Location : Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala Brahmotsavam is a Hindu festival celebrated annually at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. According to Hindu mythology the history behind this Festival traces to Lord Brahma (Creator of universe). It is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati. Lord Brahma wanted to thank Sri Balaji for Balaji’s protection of mankind

Thousands of devotees every year gather to witness this grand Festival, participate in the rituals, and receive the blessings of Sri Venkateswara swami. The complete 9 day Festival is a memorable experience for all tourists and devotees. The feeling of complete bliss and heavenly connect is often termed as “Vaikunth anubhav”.

On the first day of the Festival Garudadhwaja (flag with the emblem of a black garuda) is hoisted near the Srivari Alaya Dhwajasthambham. A procession then precedes of Lord Venkateswara on the Pedda Seshavahana proceeds around four streets of the main temple for two hours until midnight. Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam are celebrated on the day just before the first day of Brahmotsavam. In the Brahmotsav celebrations, the powerful snake transforms itself as the vehicle for god. The moral behind the prayers that are offered during Garodtsav, is to pray to God for a living with high values and morals.

The nine days Brahmotsavam are one of the magnificent festivals celebrated at Tirumala every year in the month of September and October

Events of Tirumala Brahmotsavam festival are as follows

  • First Day – Morning: Dwajarohanam Evening: Pedda Sesha Vahanam
  • Second Day – Morning: Chinna Sesha Vahanam Evening: Hamsa Vahanam
  • Third Day – Morning: Simha Vahanam Evening: Mutyapu Pandiri Vahanam
  • Fourth Day – Morning: Kalpavriksha Vahanam Evening: Sarvabhoopala Vahanam
  • Fifth Day – Morning: Mohini Avatharam Evening: Garuda Vahanam
  • Sixth Day – Morning: Hanumantha Vahanam Evening: Swarnarathotsavam & Gajavahanam
  • Seventh Day – Morning: Suryaprabha Vahanam Evening: Chandraprabha Vahanam
  • Eighth Day – Morning: Rathotsavam Evening: Ashwa Vahanam
  • Ninth Day – Morning: Chakra Snanam & Pallaki Utsavam Evening: Golden Tiruchi Utsavam & Dwajavarohanam

How to get there

By Air
Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport. There are daily flights services operated from the major cities of India to Hyderabad

By Road
National Highway NH 205 passes through Renigunta and hence is accessible from Chennai 130 kms (3 hrs), Bangalore (6½+ hours), and Hyderabad (10-12 hours) and other nearby cities

By Train
Tirupathi is a major junction in South Central Railways. Indian Railways [1] operates direct trains from nearby metro cities – Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and other major Railway station to Tirupati. Train can be boarded ar nearby cities Renigunta