Anivara Asthanam festival performed with gaiety on Sunday

AsthanamThe annual festival of the Temple Accounts, Anivara Asthanam has been performed with pomp and splendor in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on 16th July (Sunday) in Tirumala. The Anivara Asthanam is a traditional function which marks the closure of the year’s account and the commencement of accounts for the coming year and taking over of charge officially. This festival is one among the 450 festivals that is being performed to Sri Malayappa Swamy in Srivari Temple, Tirumala.

The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy, Goddesses Sridevi and Bhudevi and chief commander of Lord Sri Vishwaksena were seated opposite inside sanctum sanctorum near Bangaru Vakili and the Asthanam-temple court was performed. As is customary, the priests then formally placed the temple records showing the revenue and expenditure of the hill temple at the lotus feet of the deity for his approval. On this occasion, the temple is re-entrusted to the Jeeyangars, as also the seals of the office of the Administration to the Executive and administrative heads of the Devasthanams.

The presiding deity and the utsava murthies of Lord Malayappa Swamy and chief commander Vishvaksena were decorated with the silk vastrams presented by H.H.Sri Sri Ramanuja Pedda Jeeyar Swamy, the senior pontiff of Tirumala shrine Circumambulating Dwajasthambham inside Sri Vari Temple.  As this Asthanam is held on the last day of the Tamil month Ani, it is called as Anivari Asthanam.  Pilgrims are not be allowed for this Anivara Asthanam festival.

TTD EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal, Tirumala JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, CVSO Sri A Ravikrishna, Temple DyEO Sri Rama Rao, Peishkar Sri Ramesh and others were also present.