October 3, 2016
|Last Year Celebrated on||16 September 2015-24 September 2015|
|Present Year Celebrated on||3 October 2016 – 11 October 2016|
|Next Year Celebrated on||Yet to be announced|
Brahmotsavam also known as Srivari Brahmotsavam is a very popular festival in Southern India. It is celebrated at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati of Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh. The festival goes for nine days in the month of Ashvina.
Brahmotsavam is the festival which attracts a large number of devotees on a procession where they took the Utsava-murti of Lord Venkateswara along with his associates Sridevi and Bhudevi on the streets around the temple on special decorated large Vahanams. The festival popular in overseas also as devotees and tourists from all the world come to participate in the event.
According to the Indian History Brahma the creator God, was the first who conducted Brahmotsavam to honour Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati. In order to thank Lord Venkateswara for protecting the mankind Brahma worshipped him on the bank of the Swami Pushkarini river in Tirupati.
The day started with the “Dwajarohana”, in this the Garuda flag is hoisted, it is believed that Garuda flies to Devlokam and invites devas to attend this pious event. The whole festive periods goes with the homas and prayers. The last day is considered as the Janama Nakshatra of Sri Venketeshwara and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Sudarshan Chakra has a great significance in the festival. A priest Sudarshan Chakra on his head and took a bath in the holy river Swami Pushkarini. Devotees also took bath along with the chakra in the river. Later the Chakra is placed at a high place so the devotees can walk under it and get blessed with the water dripped from the Sudarshan. The festival ends with the “Dhvajavarohanam,” ceremony. In this the garuda flag is lowered down with the chanting of vedic mantras by priests in order to thanks all devas to attend the ceremony.