Kulashekarapadi at Tirumala Srivari Temple History, Arjitha Seva and Darshan details
What is Kulashekarapadi in Tirumala Temple?
It is a threshold to the Sanctum Sanctorum. It is a stone step between the Sayana Mandapam and the Garbhagriha. It is given this name because Kulashekara Alwar, one of the great Vaishnavite saints, wished to be reborn as the threshold to the Lord’s shrine. Rituals that cannot be accommodated in the Sanctum are performed here. Kulasekara Alwar expressed his wish to be the Padi (Step), pedestal if only to enjoy seeing the coral lips of the Lord Venkateswara Swamy. We usually called, 1st step at the Lord Venkateswara Swamy Temple. From Kulasekharapadi, the deity will be at 15 to 20 feet distance away.
Arjitha Seva Tickets allowed till Kulashekarapadi
- Thomala Seva
- Archana Seva (Sahasra Namarchana)
- Astadala Pada Padmaradhanamu
- Poorabhishekam (Abhishekam which happens on Friday)
- Melchat Vastram (After Abhishekam, Vastram Alankarana to the deity)
- Nijapada Darshanam
- Sahasrakalasabhishekam and
- VIP Beginning Protocol and SRIVANI Trust Break Darshan tickets are allowed till Kulasekarapadi while having Lord Venkateswara Swamy Darshan.
The devotee can have Darshan from a close distance during these Arjitha Sevas. All other Sevas or Darshan tickets can only have Darshan from the 7th door entrance ie. at Jaya Vijaya Idols. For the Arjitha Sevas Archana, Thomala, Astadala, Poorabhishekam, Melchat Vastram, the devotees are allowed to sit for about 30 mins inside the Garbha Griha. During this time the partitions will be removed and Male and Female devotees will be seated on either side by leaving space in between.
Mandatory Dress Code for Arjitha Sevas
Men: White Pancha, Dhoti. Men must remove Shirt and Vest while the Seva in progress. While going for Darshan, the devotee can wear Shirt.
Female: Saree with blouse/ Punjabi Dress with Dupatta / Chudidhar with Dupatta/ Half Saree.