TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has geared up to observe the Astabandhana Balalaya Maha Samprokshanam from August 11 to 16 in the temple of Sri Venkateswara Swamy atop Tirumala. The religious fete is that it is observed once in every 12 years in all the Vaishnava temples which follow the tenets of Vaikhanasa Agama Shastra in temple rituals.
This fete is usually being observed seeking the welfare of the entire humanity. This unique religious fete will be observed under the supervision of Chief Priest of Tirumala temple A. Venugopala Deekshitulu, where 43 Ritwiks, 100 Vedic sholars and 20 Vedic Students perform homam in 28 homa gundas with utmost devotion reciting Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas during these days.
In 2018, TTD will be observing this holy fete for the sixth time from August 11 to 16. On August 11 on Saturday, the Archakas commence their holy activities seeking the divine permission and this fete is known as Ritwik Varanam or Acharya Varanam which will be observed between 5am and 7am.