Pranaya Kalahotsavam Observed

Tirumala, 30 Dec. 20: The unique festival, Pranaya Kalahotsavam was observed with pomp and gaiety in Tirumala on Wednesday evening. 


This festival is also known as 'Sriya Samvadam’, meaning dialogue between Lord and His consorts is usually observed on the 17th day of Adhyayanotsavams at Tirumala in the auspicious month of the Dhanurmasam. 


As part of the festival the processional deities of Lord Malayappa and His two consorts were taken around the mada streets in a grand procession on their respective golden palanquins in opposite directions.


When the two processions come face-to-face at the north-east corner of the temple, opposite Swamy Pushkarini, the temple priests symbolically enact the Divine Love Game-'Pranaya Kalahotsavam’ much to the amusement of the devotees.


A group of priests take the side of Lord and while another support Goddesses and enact the love game. Adding more colours, the two consorts threw flower balls at the Lord who in turn duck to escape the floral attacks of His spouses, giving lighter moment to the pilgrims.


The priests recited ‘pasurams’ from the Alwar Divya Prabandham penned by Sri Nammalwar in Ninda Stuthi style (form of praising Lord with apparent criticisms), which is unique to this festival alone. This religious event concludes finally with the Lord pacifying His two consorts putting all His endeavours and returns to the temple.


Both the Tirumala Pontiffs, temple DyEO Sri Harindranath and others were also present. 

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