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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous festivals in Tirupati?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Do you enjoy celebrations and being a part of it? If yes, then the city will surprise you with its colorful and frolic festivals. The city offers visitors a rich array of events and festivals throughout the year that highlight its unique culture and history of Tirupati. Here are the famous events and festivals of Tirupati.

  • Brahmotsavam
    This is the most splendid festival celebrated annually for nine days when the sun enters Kanya Rashi from Ashwayuja Shuddha Padyami to Ashwayuja Shuddha Dashami during the month of September/October. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma worshipped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati to thank him for his protection of mankind. Thousands of pilgrims participate and receive the blessings of Sri Venkateswara Swami which gives them "Vaikunth Anubhav" (feeling of bliss and heavenly connect). Considered to be the most auspicious time to visit Tirupati, it is also the best time to visit Tirupati according to the weather conditions.
  • Makar Sankranti
    This festival is celebrated in the month of January when the Sun enters the Makara Rasi, denoting the beginning of Uttarayanam (northward journey of the Sun). The festival is observed for four days and is an enormous cultural event for the Sun during which houses are decorated and gifts of sugar-cane, molasses, dry coconut and fried gram are given to each other. Special food items including Karapupusa, Chakkilalu, Palakayalu and Ariselu are also made in this festival. The festival is followed by Nityotsavani for 40 days.
  • Vasanthotsavam
    It is an annual seva celebration for three days of trayodasi, chaturdasi and pournami in the Chaitra month of Tirupati. The name literally means celebration of the Spring season. The festival is a paid service where pilgrims pay INR 3000 per 10 members of the family to view the ceremony. The ticket holder also gets one silk angavastram for men, a blouse piece for the women, food and temple anna prasadams.
  • Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival
    The festival is organised in October to highlight the flourishing arts and cuisine of Rayalaseema area of Tirupati, Chittoor District. It coincides with Brahmotsavam festival and is celebrated to take advantage of the heavy influx of tourists. Organised by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department, this event shows the artworks belonging to the 400 year old culture of the state and various dishes of the Tirupati along with cultural dance. It has evolved during the years and makes for an excellent platform for art forms that are fast getting extinct to preserve the India's rich cultural heritage.

So come and be a part of the festivities and merry making which are both religious and amusing and don't forget to visit the amazing tourist places in Tirupati too.

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