25 Dec: Tirupati Pournami Garuda Vahanam
The hill shrine of Tirumala is reverberated with the chanting of Govinda Namam with the arrival of thousands devotees on footpaths,all medians,Kalyana kattas,anna prasadam points and laddu collection counters. It appears entire humanity is here to witness the celestial event as Lord Venkateswara rode the mighty Garuda Vahanam with his entourage and blessed the common man.
Garuda Vahana Seva is considered to be the most important and prominent one among the vahana sevas in Sri Vaishnavaite temples.The procession of Lord Malayappa Swamy adorned with dazzling jewels and in bright silk vastrams,seated on Garuda Seva was a feast for devotees.
All the galleries on the Mada street were exploding with devotees eager to witness the Garuda Vahanam. Many were spilled over the streets and by lanes of Tirumala eager to get a glance of the Garuda Vahanam on the mada streets,though the life size LED TV’s in Tirumala.