Flower Decoration

12 different colors - 12 Rounds

At first, the Lord’s Head will be covered by 12 different colours of flowers in a round shape (the crown is not adorned). The Head of the Lord will be covered with twelve rounds of flowers each one after and above the other.

The Sikhamani flower with big ring prepared by the thin bark of dry banana skin connected to both sides of the flowers touching the broad shoulders of the Lord will be on the top of the 12 rounds.

Saligrama Mala

The top of the crown will be decorated with a bunch of Jasmine flowers. It will be an eye feast for the devotees to see the Lord with excellent decoration of odorous, contrast coloured flowers. The crown is displaced with this floral kireetam, during poolangi seva.

Then other garlands will be adorned in the following manner. The Lord wears “Saligrama Mala” (from shoulder to His Feet) every day but long flowers will be adorned called 'Saligrama Mala' in place of the golden Saligrama mala on either side of the swami.

The Lord is seen with both of His Consorts, to the Left and Right side of Bosom. They are adorned with fragrant flowers. (Vakshastala Ammavarlu with flowers in two rounds).

Dhruva Beram

Vishnu Saving Elephant - Chakra takes responsibility to protect devotees

The Lord's Sankha and Chakra will be decorated with flowers of one round. The Chakra takes the responsibility to protect the devotees from evil.

He did it when the Elephant King (Gaja raja) was caught by a Crocodile. The Elephant King was in a sportive mood with his queens and was caught in the pond by the crocodile. It tried to pull out from the clutches of the crocodile but could not do it because the crocodile bears a lot of strength when it is in water. When it couldn't get rid of it, the Elephant king finally called the Lord to rescue him.

Then, Lord came down to earth and killed the crocodile with His Chakra (Divine Weapon). The significance of the Sankha is to show His presence and create fear in the minds of the wrongdoers. It is an assurance to his Bhaktas, that He will safeguard them under all circumstances.

Karnapatra mala

The Surya Katari is a long Sword to Swami's left side. It will also be adorned with flowers. Six garlands called 'Bhuja Keerthi' will be decorated on His shoulder. His ears will be covered by a flower on either side. It is called 'Karnapatra mala'.

The Vaikunta Hastam of the Lord is directed by His Right Hand (Palm) towards His Feet to surrender unto Him and take refuge at His Feet to reach His Abode with no return to this mundane world. He can stay in Vaikunta forever. A garland will be adored to His Vaikunta Hastam. The Lord said in Bhagawadgita “Mamekam Saranam Vraja” (Take refuge in me).

Kati Hastam

The left palm put to His waist firmly endorses that He is firm in His division. That Hastam is called 'Kati Hastam'. Kati means waist.

The Lord says that take refuge in Me, I will bless you, and give you liberation. The sacred Feet Thiruvedi Mala or Paadam of the Lord will be covered by a garland round in shape.

The sacred feet is the right place for any devotee to surrender himself and get all wishes fulfilled by swami.

Paadaalu of Srivaru

Srimad Vedanth Desika has written 'Paaduka Sahasram' (1000) one thousand slokas about the Holy feet of Lord Ranganatha of Sri Rangam in a stretch of one single night. Hence the Paaduka or Feet or Paadaalu of Srivaru is of great religious importance to a devotee.

Thirukkolam – A small garland from the centre of the Kireetam or garland in the first row will be stretched to the corner of the left and right side of the ears giving an extraordinary look.

Sri Vari Hastam