Tirupati: The famous hill temple of Lord
Venkateswara at Tirumala near here is gearing up for the
smooth conduct of Brahmotsavam festival, to be conducted twice
Temple sources said that due to `Adhika Masam` (extra
month) this year with 13 months against the usual 12 months in
the traditional Hindu lunar calendar, two Brahmotsavams
lasting nine days each would be conducted this year, which
falls once in four years.
While the `Salaktla` Brahmotsavam would be held from
September 11, the `Navaratri` Brahmotsavam would conducted
from October 8, temple sources said.
The `Garudaseva procession` would take place on
September 15, the second Brahmotsavam`s `Garudaseva` would be
conducted on October 12, they said.
As a prelude to Brahmotsavam festivals, Tirumala Tirupati
Devasthanam, which manages the temple, today performed `Koil
Alwar Tirumanjanam`, the purification ceremony.
Surveillance cameras were placed at several places as a
security measure during the Brahmotsavam period.
A thick security blanket is being put in place at
Tirumala including the seven km long walkers` stone stairway
leading to the hill shrine from Tirupati and the ghat roads on
the hills, sources said.