Sakshatkara Vaibhavam Celebrations at Srinivasa Mangapuram

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The annual ‘Sakshatkara Vaibhavam’ in the form of a three-day festival at Kalyana Venkateswara temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram, near Tirupathi was celebrated between July 12th and 14th 2013.

Priests of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy performed Snapana Thirumanjanam (Celestial Bath) to the processional dieties from 10 am to 11.30 am inside temple premises. This festival is considered to be as important on par with the Annual Brahmotsavams.

As per historical evidences, the Sasanams engraved ‘on the right door-jamb wall of the entrance of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Mangapuram village, dated 22nd March, 1510AD, the Temple was brought to worship by doing “Jeernoddarana” by Chinna Thirumalacharyulu, the grand son of Saint Poet Thallapaka Annamcharyulu.

In 1940, an Archaka by name Sundararaja, from Kanchipuram of Tamil Nadu has came to the Village Mangapuram, saying that Lord Srinivasa has appeared in his dream and told to bring the temple to past glory which was in dilapidated condition by performing Dhoopa Deepa Naivedhya Aradhana and disappeared”.

Archaka Sundararaja then cleared all the debris in and around the Temple with the help of village elders and did the first pooja on 11th July 1940 ‘Ashada Suddha Sasti Day’, said to be the day or muhurtham as ordered by the Lord Himself in his dream.

To mark the auspicious day of revival of nitya pooja kainkaryams as decided by Lord Himself, TTD has been conducting this festival as ‘Sakshatkara Vaibhavamu’ on Ashada Suddha Sasti Day in the month of June/July of every year.

In the evening of the first day, the processional deities of Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy along with His consorts were taken out in a procession on Golden Tiruchi around four mada streets. On the concluding day (July 14th, 2013), utsavamoorthy was taken out in a procession on Garuda Vahanam around temple.

The following are some of the photographs taken during the utsavam…

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