NELLORE: Among the religious events in ongoing annual Navahnika Karthika, Brahmotsavams in Tiruchanoor Snapana Tirumanjanam has a significant place.
According to pancharathra agama advisor Sri Archakam Manikantha Bhattar, this ritual is also known as ‘Pouhstika Karma’ or ‘Poushtika Snaanam’ which enhances the power of the Goddess and is observed for 10 days up to Pushpa yagam, beginning from the day of Dhwajarohanam.
Sri Gopi Swamy, who plays a key role behind the colourful and interesting decorations to deities with varieties of fruits and flowers, said that for the first time that Ooty Cherries are being used for decorating the Divine Mother.
Snapanam is performed with milk, honey, curd, coconut water and turmeric. During each interval, the processional deity of Sri Padmavathi Devi is decked with each type of fruit or floral garland which includes the one with Apricots, black grapes, small amla, pink roses, red roses, anjeer and Tulasi garlands.
Garden wing deputy director Srinivasulu said that the mandapam where the celestial Snapanam takes place is decked with sweet corn and orchids. "The entire decoration is by the largesse of donors and every three days, the theme will be changed with fresh decoration,” he said.
The devotees, who took part in the fete on Wednesday, were enthra-lled by the beauty and grace of the Goddess during this ‘Shrama Pariharotsavam’....