Rathasapthami in Tirumala
Rathasapthami in Tirumala is celebrated with great fervor and devotion at Venkateswara Swamy Temple. Tirumala is ‘Kaliyuga Vaikuntam.’ The priests are splendidly performing this ‘Magha Sapthami Parva’ with religious fervour and enthusiasm. On this day, Sri Malayappa Swami adorns on Seven Vahanams to bless the devotees. After the completion of all the ‘vahana sevas’ of Lord Srinivasa, ‘Chakra Snanam’ is performed as per the tradition of ‘Agama Shastra.’ The inscriptions reveal that these Rathasaptami festivities have been taking place as ‘Ardha (half) Brahmotsavams’ since 1564.
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On Rathasapthami day, Surya Prabha Vahanam promotes health. Chinna Sesha Vahanam destroys all kinds of harmful sins. Garuda Vahanam sanctions the devotees ‘dasya bhakti.’ Hanumad Vahanam gives them victory in their actions. Kalpa Vruksha Vahanam fulfils one’s desires. Sarva Bhupala Vahanam gives authority, wealth and power. Chandra Prabha Vahanam removes the hurdles and sorrows related to spiritual and metaphysical world. It is Lord Srinivasa who mounts these ‘vahanas’ infusing divine energy into these chariots. Devotees who believe in the philosophy of uniformity between Lord Venkateswara and Lord Mahavishnu eulogize the Paramatma as Lord Suryanarayana.