Srinivasa Kalyanam performed in Tallapaka

Published on May 06, 2015 00:53:53 AM
Srinivasa Kalyanam was performed in Tallapaka village on the occasion of Annamayya Jayanthi celebrations under the aegis of TTD.  The ritual  was performed  seeking the wellbeing of the entire humanity. Earlier this ritual was performed in Abhijit Lagnam (a lagnam which is considered to auspicious to every individual irrespective of their birth star, almanac etc.)

Devataradhana:  The ritual started with Devataradhana and Sabha Vandanam. The ritual performing priests sat in Kurmasana facing east to the deities. 

Punahavachanam: This is a sanctifying ritual conducted to cleanse all the articles, premises before the commencement of celestial marriage.

Vishwaksena aradhana: After Punahavachanam follows Vishwaksena Aradhana. Lord Vishwaksena happens to be Commander-in-Chief of Lord Venkateswara who supervises the ritual

Samprokshana: The purified water in the kalasam is sprinkled on all the articles in Homakundam and Mantapam.

Ankurarpana: Next followed Ankurarpana which signifies a healthy beginning before any ritual. The Asta Dikpalakas are invoked and worshiped in this ritual.

Pratisara bandhana: This is yet another main part of the celestial wedding where in the sacred Kankanams (holy threads) are tied to the right hand of the Lord and left hand of His Consorts while the ritual performing priests tie it to their right hands only. Swasti Sooktam is recited.

Agni pratishta: Then follows Agni Pratista where in the pious Agni is lit and Prayaschitta homam is performed
Vastra Samarpana: After the Agni Pratistha new set of silk vastrams were offered to deities. (The Lord and Goddesses will be seated separately on two different Asans as they are yet to tie the holy wedding knot)

Maha Sankalpam: Then the important phase of the ritual, Maha Sankalpam ws performed where in the descendent of Tallapaka family (the family which dedicated their lives in the service of  the Lord  since last 600 years) performed Kanyadanam on behalf of Goddesses.

Kanyadanam: In any Hindu Marriage, Kanyadanam occupies a prominent place. Here the Gotra Pravaras of Lord and His Consorts were recited by the priests

Bharadwaja Gotram  –  Lord Venakteswara
Bhargava Gotram     –  Goddess Sri Devi
Kasyapa Gotram       -  Goddess Bhu Devi

Mangalya dharana mahotsavam: The Divine Wedding Ceremony comes to a grand conclusion with, Mangalya Dharana where the Lord Venkateswara tied the Holy Mangala Sutrams to His beloved Consorts.
Varana mayiram: This is a prominent and most entertaining phase usually performed during South Indian Weddings. The Lord and His Consorts played with floral balls and coconuts facing each other. After this the garlands of deities were also exchanged.

Aarti: After the conclusion of the pleasant ‘game,’ the Consorts are seated on either sides of Lord.  Later, karpoora aarati, nakshatra aarati and maha aarti were rendered marking the grand conclusion of the celestial wedding ceremony.