Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam Jyesthabhishekam – Tirumala
Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam, Jyesthabhishekam – Tirumala – JYESHABHISHEKAM IN TIRUMALA TEMPLE FROM JUNE 1 TO 3
TIRUMALA, MAY 28: Every day is a festival day in Tirumala and the hill town is set to observe yet another big and unique religious event, Jyesthabhishekam from June 1 to 3. Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam, Jyesthabhishekam – Tirumala.
This three-day festival is usually performed in the holy month of Jyestha as per Hindu Almanac and the fete is completed coinciding the star of Jyestha in the constellation.
This festival is also called “Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam”. “Abhidhyeyakam” means protective shield or armour (that which cannot be destructed). To fight against the evil, the Lord emerged with this protective armour in this Kaliyuga. Since the special abhishekam (celestial bath) is conducted to this special “Armour of God” this festival is also called Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam. As this festival takes place in the month of Jyestha it is also known as “Jyesthabhishekam”.
As per the temple legendary, this special Abhishekam is usually performed every year to protect the Utsava deities of Lord Malayappa swami and his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi from damage that might occur while conducting processions and Tirumanjanam (holy baths) all through the year during different festive occasions.
Each day after the second bell, the lord and his consorts are taken to the Kalyanotsava mandapam located in Sampangi Prakaram and Snapana Tirumanjanam is conducted amidst the chanting of vedic mantras.
Snapana Tirumanjanam involves performing a sacred bath to the deities with holy water mixed with spices including turmeric, sandal paste, honey, milk and curd.
Later the lord and his consorts are adorned in different attires (special kavachams)on each of these days. On First Day Lord muses pilgrims in Vajrakavacham (armour studded with diamonds), followed by Muthyala kavcham (armour studded with pearls) on second day and Svarna kavacham (armour of gold) on the third day. This Svarna kavacham remains adorned to the Lord and his consorts throughout the year and only removed for Abhidhyeyaka Abhishekam in the year next.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI