Thirunarayanapuram (Melkote) Vairamudi and Rajamudi Sevai
Vairamudi Sevai was performed in a grand manner at Thirunarayanapuram (Melkote). On March 19th 2016, Sri Perumal along with His Consorts had beautiful alangaram and Vairamudi sevai was performed for Sri Perumal followed by Thiruveethi Purappadu on Garuda Vahanam. Vaira Mudi Festival in the Tamil month of Panguni is the most important festival at this temple and attracts several thousand devotees. On this occasion, Selva Pillai (Thirunarayana Perumal) is adorned with a diamond crown and taken on a street procession. Lakhs of devotees witnessed the Vairamudi Utsavam and received the blessings of Divyadampathis.
It is believed that the diamond crown is not to be viewed at when it is not worn by the utsav murthy (procession idol); hence every year, on the occasion, the officiating priest takes out the crown from its chest with his eyes blindfolded and then places it on the head of the idol of Sri Cheluvaraya Narayana Swamy.
The following are the photos taken during the Utsavam:
Courtesy: Sri Archakam Srinivas Vineeth, Sri Vasudevan Varadha