GODDESS GETS READY FOR GAJA VAHANAM AFTER HAVING “SANDAL BATH” / SANDAL BATH TO GODDESS SRI PADMAVATHI AMMA VARU
Tiruchanur, 23 November 2014: Having a hectic schedule with series of rituals beginning with Suprabhatam, Sahasranamarchana, Pallaki Utsavam, Snapana Tirumanjanam on Sunday, Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi had an exotic and aromatic “sandal bath” in Vasanthotsavam.
This unique ritual is usually conducted only on fifth day afternoon of the annual brahmotsavams where in the priests render vedic hymns and render sandal bath to give a relaxing “chill-thrill”experience and soothing feel to Goddess. The priests render the sloka “Hiranya Varnam Harinim” and appease Lord of Beauty Sri Manmadha in Vasantha Kalasa.
In other words vasanthotsavam which is also called Chandanotsavam also acts as a beauty spa and enhances the pristine beauty of Goddess to get ready for the most important vahana seva of Gaja Vahanam which takes place on Sunday evening.
Usually Vasanthotsavam in Tiruchanoor is observed as varotsavam on every Friday, Samvatsarotsavam (annual event for three days in a year) and the one which is performed on the fifth day of annual brahmotsavams.
Local MLA Sri C Bhaskar Reddy, Tirupati JEO Sri P Bhaskar, Temple Sp Gr Dy EO Smt Chenchu Lakshmi and others took part in this religious fete.