Five Idols of Lord
The self manifested deity of Lord Sri Venkateshwara in tirumala shrine receives rituals of worship and offerings as per the most ancient “Vaikhanasa Agama”.
To perform abhishekam, archana (worship), naivedhyam (feeding), ooregimpu (procession), panpu seva (going to bed), vaikhanasa Agama science has allowed five kinds of deities. (Pancha Beras)
In the order of preference, the idols that represent the Druva Bera are Bhoga Srinivasa, Malayappa and His two Consorts, Ugra Srinivasa and Koluvu Srinivasa. In the agamic terminology, they would stand for Kautuka, Utsava, Snapana and Bali Bera.
According to the agamic rules, the Kautuka Bera should be consecrated direct from the Druvabera and the Utsava Bera from Kautuka and similarity in that order, the Snapana and Bali Berams.
The inscriptions in the temple, however, do not mention Malayappa as Utsava Bera, nor the Bhoga Srinivasa as Kautuka Bera.