Friday 16 January 2015

TTD Tirumala: Srivari Teppotsavam(Float Festival) 2015 Dates & Timings

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam TTD performs Srivari(Lord balaji) Teppa Utsavam Festival for Five days in srivari Pushkarani, Tirumala Temple in every year. It is an annual festival being celebrating in the month of Paluguna (March/April) on the days of Ekadasi, Dwadasi, Trayodasi, Chaturdasi and Pournami(Full Moon Day). This year 2015, Srivari Teppotsavam (Float Festival) is celebrated from March 1, 2015 (Sunday) to March 5, 2015(Thursday). The details are as follows..

History of the Teppotsavam:
The earliest inscription relates to the year 1468 A.D. says that the Son of one "Saluva Gundaya Deva Maharaja Udayar", "Sriman Maha Mandaleswara Medini Misraganda Kathhari Saluva Narasimha Raju Udayar" built a Vasanta Mantapam in the middle of Swami Pushkarani Teertha. 
Even today it is the mandapam from where the Teppa Utsavam starts. Earlier this festival was celebrated  for nine days. But now it has been celebrating for five day festival. 

Significance of Teppa Utsavam(Float Festival):
On every day the processional deities will be taken around the four mada streets(temple streets) encircling the holy shrine in grand procession before reaching the Srivari Pushkarani (Temple Tank). The deities are mounted on the colourful illuminated float boat.

On the first day the processional deities of Lord Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya are taken round the Pushkarani Teertha seated in well decorated float.

On the second day, Lord Sri Krishna and Goddess Rukmini Devi are taken round the Pushakarani Teertha and give darshan to the myriads of devotees.

On the Third, Fourth and Fifth days, Lord Sri Malayappa Swamy along with his consorts Goddess Bhudevi and Goddess Sridevi seated in the float go round on all sides of the temple tank.

On the first three days, the float makes three rounds and on the fourth day, it takes five rounds and on the fifth day, it takes seven rounds.

The Teppa Utsavam(Float Festival/Plavotsavam) is celebrated as an Arjitha Seva. Pilgrims shall participate in this utsavam by purchasing the tickets and after this festival arjitha seva ticket holders have the darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy, inside the tirumala temple.

Srivari Teppotsavam(Float) Festival Timings:
The festival begins in Srivari Pushkaram, Tirumala at 7:00 in the evening on all five days. 

Important Note:
  • TTD will cancel "Sahasra Deepalankarana Seva" for the first two days i.e. on March 1, 2015 and March 2, 2015.
  • Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankarana Sevas will also be cancelled for the next three days i.e. from March 3, 2015 to March 5, 2015. Pilgrims may kindly note these changes. 
  • TTD will also cancel monthly Pournami Garuda Vahana Seva on March 5, 2015(Thursday) in connection with Srivari Annual Float Festival in Tirumala Temple.
Srivari Float Festival 2015 Photos, Tirumala Temple
Srivari Teppotsavam(Float Festival) 2014 Photos, Tirumala Temple

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