Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam was performed on Tuesday, 9th of July 2013 at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara amidst religious fervour in connection with the Anivara Asthanam as a prelude scheduled for July 16.
Koil Alwar means ‘Holy Shrine’. The main purpose of performing koil Thirumanjanam is purification of sanctum sanctorum and temple premises. During the ceremony, all the murtis and other articles are removed from sanctum sanctorum and the moola murti is covered with waterproof covering. The entire garbhagraham, including floors, ceilings and walls are then cleaned and brushed well with plenty of water. The whole place is then smeared with kunkum, champor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric etc. The covering of the main deity is then removed and the deities, deepam and other articles are taken inside. Purificatory pujas and Naivedyams are the offered to the deity.
This ceremony performed strictly as per the agamas is conducted four times in a year i.e before Ugadi, before Anivara Asthanam,before Vaikunta Eakadasi, before Annual Brahmotsavam.