Festival of Purification - Three days event
As per the vedic tradition, one is not supposed to enter the temple with jatashoucham (impurity due to birth offspring) and mrithashoucham (impurity due to death of close relatives).
But sometimes, this rule is violated knowingly or unknowingly by the devotees and staff. Purification ceremony that takes place in order to dispel the evil of such lapses is called Pavithrotsavam.
There is evidence to suggest that pavitrotsavas were conducted till 15-16 centuries in Tirumala. It stopped abruptly later. The temple has restored the practice since 1962. It takes place every year in the Kalayana Mantapa during Shravana Shuddha dashami, Ekasadhi and Dwadashi.
Instituted by Saluva Mallaiah Deva Raja
- On the first day, there will be consecration* of pavitras*, homas besides abhishekas for Sri Malayappa Swami and his consorts.
- On the second day, the pavitras are offered to the deities in the temple and the premises.
- On the third day, there will be purnahuti*
Snapana Tirumanjam to the Lord (Celestial Bath)
Procession of Swamy
On theses 3 days, there will be procession of Sri Malayappa Swami after the worship in the evening. Devotees can participate in this seva on payment of required fess.
*purnahuti - Final offering to the sacrificial fire of a coconut, nine kinds of grains, five precious metals, betel leaves, sandal wood sticks, etc. bundled in a silk cloth while chanting specified mantras
*consecration - Dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious
*pavitras - rings made of sacrificial grass