Grand scale preparations are on at Tirumala for the annual Sakshatkara Vaibhotsavams that will begin from July 19th next month. The rituals will be observed inside the sacred shrine of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Srinivas Mangapuram. Popular Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam will be performed on July 16th.
Sakshathara Vaibhotsavam is usually observed at the advent of Uttara Phalguni star in the month of Ashadham complying with Hindu calendar. Vaibhotsavam is considered to be more important than the annual Brahmotsavams and is celebrated in a grand manner by the temple priests. The festival is said to be in practice since 1940 and was initially performed by the then head priest Sri Sunaraja. Texts say that Lord Venkateswara appeared in his dreams and asked him to perform Nitya Puja.
A three day event from July 19th to 21st will see a royal process of Snapana Tirumajanam to the holy dieties from 9 AM to 10 30 AM that will followed by Unjal Seva in the evening between 6PM and 7PM. The first day of the Vaibhotsavam will have Tiruchi Seva, followed by Hanumantha Seva and Garuda Vahana Sevas that will be performed along four mada streets.
TTD has currently cancelled all Arjitha Sevas which are usually performed on the respective week days in connection with Vaibhotsavams.