On 1 May 2014, Jaya Chitrai Rohini; Sri Balarama Jayanthi was celebrated at Sri Dasavatharan Sannidhi. Balarama also known as Balabadhra and Haladhara took avatharam as the elder brother of Sri Krishna.The 7th child of Devaki and Vasudeva was transferred to the womb of Rohini another wife of Vasudeva by Yoga maya.So Balarama is known as Sankarshana. He is Sesha who dons the role of Perumal’s elder brother . In Tretha Yugam He was Lakshaman, In Dwaparam He was Balarama and in Kali Yuga He was Ramanuja.He exhibited His strength when He changed the course of the Yamuna river by throwing His plough. As He wields the plough He is called Haladhara. He is counted as the 8th avathara of Sriman Narayana.
Balarama also took avatharam under the constellation Rohini like Krishna. He married Revathi. He stands in the eighth place among the Dasavathara divyamangalamurthis in SriRangam Dasavatharan Sannidhi .Today ,special Tirumanjanam was done to Baladeva yatha-vidhi using sesame oil, shika powder, milk, honey ,turmeric snana powder etc.Swami Desikan calls this avathara as sweetened milk. Sugar tastes good and so also milk but sugar with milk is a wonderful combination. May the matchless sports of Talanka such as the tilting of the city of Hasthinapura and killing demons like Pralambha confer all welfare on us says the Dasavatharam Stotram ..
Writeup & Photography : Smt Vyjayanthi & Sundararajan