Friday, May 5, 2017

Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy Temple – Festivals

Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy Temple – Festivals
The temple follows the traditions of the Thenkalai sect of Vaishnavite tradition & follows Pancharathra Aagama. It is inferred from the inscriptions that the temple priests performed pooja five times a day during the 16th century, strictly following agamic tradition. In modern times, the temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
The temple had originally received endowments to perform the eleven-day annual Brahmotsavam festival, ending with Theppotsavam, the float festival. The festivals are not celebrated during modern times. 11 day Brahmmotsavam in Purattasi (September-October), Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January drawing more than a lakh of devotees, Pongal falling almost on January 14, Kanum Pongal falling the next day, Tamil and English New year days, are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The crowd is huge during Saturdays.

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