There is no place in the Universe as sacred as Venkatadri. No God is equal to lord Venkateswara either in the past or in the future.
The great savant Tirumala Nambi performed flower service to the Lord of seven Hills a thousand years ago and attained salvation. Ananthalvar, another supreme devotee of the Lord dug the alwar tank to provide water to the flower gardens, he lovingly nurtured. In later years, several devotees, kings, royal chieftains and others cultivated flower gardens at Tirumala and offered their unremitting service to the Lord. The TTD inscriptions clearly mention the existence of hundreds of such flower gardens at Tirumala in the past. Large quantities of flowers are required for the decoration of the deities daily. More flowers are needed during Thomala seva, Unjal seva, Pulangi seva and on festival occasions like srivari Brahmotsavam, Padmavathi Parinayam, Pavitrotsavam, Pushpayagam etc. with a view to give an opportunity to the devotees to do flower service to the Lord, the Devasthanams has introduced the following schemes.
Under this scheme, a devotee can donate any amount, from Rs. One thousand to Rs. One lakh and send the same by Demand Draft to the Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati. The amount will be utilized for the decoration of the Lord with flowers.
Under this scheme, owners of flower gardens may send flowers from their native places through APSRTC buses free of cost. The Garden office will receive these flowers and utilize them for temple worship. Nursery owners can also offer hybrid varieties of seedlings, which will be planted in the Devasthanams gardens. Offer flowers to lord Srinivasa and the recipient of his Blessings!!
MANA GUDI (OUR TEMPLE) – A RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL
Tirumala tirupati devasthanams in collaboration with Endowments Department of Andhra Pradesh organized the programmer in a grand manner throughout the state on 2-8-2012, sravana Poornima, to promote the spiritual sentiments among the people and thereby strengthen the Hindu religion. This Mana Gudi programme was conducted in 13,773 temples across the state in which women and local devotees took part in large numbers since dawn and celebrated it as a religious festival. All the temples were cleaned and decorated with attractive rangolis on this occasion and this appeared as a homely festival. The management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams felt happy with the massive response from the devotees. Plants like Peepal (raavi), white fig (juvvi), Basil (Tulasi), neem, calotropis(white jilledu) were planted in the premises of several temples. Moreover religious discourses were conducted in many temples in the villages from dawn to dusk in which eminent Scholars participated. Devotional concerts, processions were also organized. Mana gudi programme was conducted in maximum of 3000 temples in west Godavari District. The CDs of devotional songs sung by Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, turmeric, kumkum and kankanams (threads) were distributed among women in Nellore district. On this day, 1000 sacred plants were planted throughout the state. Sri L.V.Subrahmanyam, I.A.S., the executive officer of TTD wished to spread the bhakti movement among the people and bring religious fervor in them.
The chanting of Govinda namas and Bhajans conducted by Bhajanas Mandals attracted many people. Besides, 69 lakhs of threads worshipped at the feet of Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy were distributed among the devotees throughout the state. The temples were decorated beautifully with flowers, garlands, mango leaves and rangolis.
SRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI
Sri Krishna Janmashtami, the birth day of Lord Sri Krishna, was grandly celebrated on 10-8-2012 at Sri venkateswara Dairy Farm in Tirupati. Speaking on the occasion, Sri L.V.Subrahmanyam, I.A.S., Executive officer of T.T.D Devasthanams told that Sri Krishna incarnated as jagadguru to protect the world. The message of Bhagavat Gita is valuable and is to be practiced by the people in their daily lives. Worshiping of cow (go-puja) is sacred and he opined that parents are giving properties to their children as heredity instead of which culture and tradition are most advantageous for making them honest and good. Dr.KHarinath reddy, Director of S.V.Dairy farm, Dr.Medasani Mohan, director of Annamacharya Project and others attended the function.
Go-puja was performed by the executive officer and later the cow was brought near Sri Venugopala Swamy temple amidst nadaswarams. The milking of cow was done and offered to Lord Krishna as Naivedyam. Cultural programmes, dance performances by school children, kolatam, bhajans by bhajan brindas were appreciated by the devotees who witnessed the auspicious function.