TIRUMALA: The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Lord Venkateshwara Swamy’s Pranaya Kalahotsavam was organized at Tirumala temple shrine with all traditions and religious fervour on Saturday (January 7, 2023).
Srivani Pranaya Kalahotsavam is organized on the sixth day after the Vaikunta Ekadasi and the 17th day of the Adhyayotsavam in the month of auspicious Dhanurmasam, the ritual is conducted as per traditions. It is a unique and interesting festival wherein Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and his two consorts involve in verbal dual and the event finally ends with the Lord pacifying his two consorts.
On this occasion, Sri Malayappa Swamy reached pushkarini in a chariot. Similarly, Sri Devi and Bhudevi also reach the spot in separate processions. When the two processions come face to face at the north-east corner of the temple town, opposite Swamy Pushkarini, the temple priests symbolically enact ‘Pranaya Kalahotsavam’ much to the amusement of the thousands of devotees who had congregated to witness the ‘Divine Love Game”.
A group of priests take the side of the Lord and another side of the Goddesses and enact the love game. Adding more colour, the two consorts threw flower balls at the Lord who in turn duck to escape the floral attacks of His spouses, giving lighter moment to the pilgrims.
The priests recite ‘pasurams’ from the Alwar Divy Prabandham penned by Sri Nammalwar in Ninda Stuthi style (form of praising Lord with apparent criticisms) which is unique to this festival alone. This religious event concludes finally with the Lord pacifying His two consorts putting all His endeavours and returns to the temple.