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  • What is Brahmmorstavam?

    What is Brahmmorstavam?

    Brahmotsavam means "Grand celebration" or a "celebration performed by
    Brahma". Both the meanings are appropriate for this Event.

    Lord Indra once killed a Brahma-raakshasa (a Brahmin with demonic
    Characters). In doing so, he incurred a great sin of killing a Brahmana-
    "Brahma hatya dosham (BHD)". To relieve Indra of this burden, Lord Brahma
    Conducted a ceremony. In this ceremony, officiated by Brahma himself, Indra
    Held Sriman Narayana (Lord Vishnu) on his head during the special ritual
    Bath "Avabritha Snaanam". This was the first Brahmotsavam

    It is said that the Lord Brahma rendered the first Brahmotsavam seva (service) to Lord
    Venkateshwara (Vishnu) of the Thirumalaishrine. Indeed, it is a common
    Belief that every Brahmotsavam is witnessed by Lord Brahma. In recognition
    Of this, a well decorated empty chariot is pulled in front of the chariot
    Carrying the deities at the processions held during the Brahmotsavam Brahma
    Is believed to be seated in that chariot and oversee the celebration. Thus,
    Brahmotsavam is also referred to as "Brahmapratyakshotsavam" (Conducted right in front of Brahma). The earliest inscribed record of
    Brahmotsavam at the Thirumala Temple is 650 AD. References to Brahmotsavam
    Can be found in Varaaha Puraanam (ch.18) and Bhavishyotthara Puraanam (ch.
    All famous Temples conduct this Festival

    almost all famous temples in South India/ North India conduct such festivals.
    The list of ceremonies conducted in a temple and time is based on the religious
    Tradition as well as the Deity for which the Temple is dedicated to.
    Period of the year in which the Brahmotsavam is conducted varies from
    Temple to temple. There can be more than one Brahmotsavam in a given year. In the
    Thirumala Temple, it is conducted once in Purattasi (Sep. 18- Oct.18). It
    Starts on first day of Navaratri and concludes on
    Vijayadashami Oct19 which also happens to be the
    Thirunakshatram (Shravanam star) of Sri Venkateshwara, the Deity of the
    Temple. This is the most prominent Brahmotsavam (also called Manava
    Brahmotsavam). Brahmotsavams in Tirumala are also conducted at three other
    Times of the year, namely: Kaisika Ekadashi (also known as, Raakshasa
    Brahmotsavam), Mukkoti Dwadashi (also known as, Daiva Brahmotsavam) and
    Rathasaptami (also known as, Aarsha Brahmotsavam). Besides, these 4
    Brahmotsavams in a year, it is also conducted as a shraddotsavam as
    Desired by devotees.
    It is stated that in the year 1551 AD, as many as 11
    Brahmotsavamas took place.

    The Purpose of conducting this Festival

    The purpose of conducting this festival is of the immense cleansing power of Brahmotsavam, this utsavam is Periodically performed in Temples to wash away all sins that may have Been incurred in the community as a whole.
    It is believed that witnessing this festival brings the grace of GOD, purification of soul and eternal bliss.