TIRUMALA: Sri Kumara Dhara theertham mukkoti at Tirumala Tirupathi devasthanams on Tirumala hills would be conducted on March 7, 2023.
Kumaradhara theertham, holy theertha is located about six miles from Srivari temple on Tirumala hills. A dip in it on the pournami (full moon day) of Magha masam is very auspicious. It gives the cumulative merit of taking bath in the river Ganga and other sacred rivers. On that day, Prasadam will be taken from Srivari temple to this theertha to distribute it among the devotees.
Then Devas praised the powers of the stream which turned an old man into a youth and named it ‘Kumara Dhara’. Accordingly, this theertha shall not only remove all sins but also enables one to attain the Lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.
According to one legend, ‘Karthikeya’ also called ‘Subramanya’ or ‘Kumara Swamy, the son of Goddess Parvathi and God Parameshwara was born at this theertha when Krithika star was an ascendant. Kumara Swamy always attends with his consort ‘Devasena’ to worship Lord Venkateshwara.
Other important festivities during the month of March 2023 include; Sri Kulashekhar Alwar varsha tirunakshatram on March 3, annual Teppotsavam from March 3 to 7, Sri Annamacharya vardhanti on March 18, Sri Shubakrutha nama Ugadi Asthanam on March 22, Sri Ramanavami Asthanam on March 30 and Sri Rama Pattabhishekham on March 31, 2023.
Heavy pilgrims rush
In the meantime, the pilgrims’ rush is continuing at Tirumala temple shrine and the common devotees are taking 18 to 20 hours for darshan. The special darshan devotees were taking three to four hours and devotees with Sarvadarshan tokens took four to five hours on Tuesday.
On Monday, a total of 71,387 devotees had darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and 24,701 tonsured their heads and the TTD earned hundi collection of Rs 5.71 crore.