Paruveta Utsavam - Hunting
The special celebration that is held in Kanuma, the universal omnipotent God Lord Venkateswara is regared as Paruveta Utsavam. In ancient times, the kings used to go far hunting wild animals to safeguards their subjects from the threat of animals.
Even Lord Venkateswara went for hunting in his early days to Narayanavanam, where he happened to see Padmavathi. At that time while chasing wild elephants, accidently saw Padmavathi the daughter of Akasaraju in the garden.
That is why the Paruveta (hunting) is celebrated on the day of Kanuma at Tirumala every year. After the second naivedya that day in the temple, the Lord adorned with his five weapons goes hunting. Sri Krishna accompanies on a different Palanquin.
Why is this Utsavam
The Paruveta Utchavam symbolizes to express His intolerance towards injustice and safeguard the devotees eternally who seek his benediction.
It signifies that His incarnation is to establish dharma in kaliyuga by saving His devotees from the attack of all evils. Besides, He annihilates, ever present arishadvargas and five senses in humanity so as to foster tremendous concentration on Him.
So, whatever be the celebration to Lord is for the sake of universal good, peace and harmony. All these would shower Lord's mercy on His devotees.
Getting ready for Hunting
Lord Malayappa wears hunting dress, head guard and five weapons such as
- Sudarshana Chakra,
- Panchajanya Conch,
- Nandaka Sword,
- Koumodaki Gada and
besides Sword, Shield and Sphere, boarding Silver Chariot and reaches Paruveta Mandapa in Papavinashanam road nearly two kilometers away from temple by procession.
The Lord stays at Paruvera Mantapam situated a mile away to the north-west of the temple till the evening and participates in the hunting fame. Thousands of people participate in the music and dance programmes arranged in connection with it.
Lord Krishna in Utsavam
Along with Lord Venkateswara, Lord Krishna as well reaches Paruveta Mandapa where both of them are made to sit and conduct musical and cultural concerts are organized at 2 PM by singing the songs of Annamayya.
In the evening offerings are made to Lord. After that Lord Krishna on the invitation of Sannidi Golla visits their habitat, eats butter and returns to Paruveta Mandapam.
At that moment Sannidhi Golla as a token of a love and gratitude offers burning camphor and appalations to the Lord. After that Lord Srinivas starts Hunting.
Even the Archaka swamis follow the Lord with weapons to hunt animals, three times forward and three times backward and receive Harathi. Ultimately, returns to the Temple. With this, the Paruveta Utsavam comes to an end.