Tirumala Witnesses Enthralling Kalpavriksha Procession:
The annual Brahmotsavams at the sacred Tirumala Temple were marked by immense devotion and grandeur as thousands of devotees gathered to witness the splendid procession of the Kalpavriksha Vahanam and Sarvabhoopala Vahanam on Thursday. The ancient temple town of Tirumala buzzed with enthusiastic chants of “Govinda, Govinda…” as throngs of devotees filled the streets to participate in this celestial event.
The day kicked off with the procession of the Kalpavriksha Vahanam, a divine chariot adorned with a magnificent replica of the sacred Kalpavriksha tree, believed to fulfill the wishes of devotees. The vahanam traversed through the four mada streets, carrying the divine idol of Lord Malayappa, dressed as Rajamannar, and seated under the shade of the wish-fulfilling tree. According to legend, Vishwakarma had brought the Kalpavriksham from heaven to embellish the Brahmotsavam Vahanam for Malayappa Swamy.
During this ceremony, artists presented a series of artistic performances in the four mada streets. A team from Hyderabad performed the Perni dance, while another from Tirupati portrayed the Sri Krishna Tulabharam. A Telangana-based team impressed with Oggudolu, and the Chennai-based Bharata Kala Academy performed Gajje Nrityam. As evening approached, devotees had the privilege of witnessing the grandeur of the Sarvabhoopala Vahanam, a chariot symbolizing Lord Venkateswara Swamy as the universal monarch.
In accordance with the legend, Sarvabhoopala signifies the Lord’s supreme authority over the entire cosmos. The Vahanam emphasizes that Lord Venkateswara is the ultimate ruler of the entire universe, with control over all aspects of creation.