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Jaya Vijaya Inside Tirumala Temple

Twelve feet to the north of ‘Sri Krishnadevarayala Mandapam’, there is a glass porch. Every day at 2:00 PM a service called Dolotsavam is performed to the Lord in this glass porch. Devotees are permitted to participate in this paid seva.

In reality, this seva is a north Indian contribution. There is no evidence to prove when this was built. There is enough evidence to prove that this seva program began to be performed in 1831.


Jaya Vijaya Inside Tirumala

About Jaya-Vijaya:

In Hinduism, Jaya and Vijaya are the two Dvarapalakas/Gatekeepers of Vishnu’s divine abode called Vaikuntha, which signifies a realm of eternal joy. Due to a curse from the four Kumaras, these gatekeepers were compelled to undergo several lifetimes as mortals. In each of these lives, they were destined to be defeated and vanquished by different avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu.

Their first incarnation was as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha during the Satya Yuga. In the Treta Yuga, they were reborn as Ravana and Kumbhakarna. Lastly, during the Dvapara Yuga, they took on the forms of Shishupala and Dantavakra.

Who are Jaya and Vijaya:

As per the Brahmanda Purana, Jaya and Vijaya were born as the sons of a demon named Kali. Kali, in turn, was one of the offspring of Varuna and his consort, Stuta. Vaidya, the brother of Kali, and the uncle of Jaya and Vijaya, was also part of this familial lineage.

Jaya is often depicted as a four-armed demigod, holding a chakra (discus) in his upper left hand, a Shankha (conch) in his upper right hand, a mace in his lower left hand, and a sword in his lower right hand. Similarly, Vijaya is portrayed with the same configuration of arms. However, there’s a subtle difference: Vijaya holds a chakra in his upper right hand, a Shankha in his upper left hand, a mace in his lower right hand, and a sword in his lower left hand.

Interestingly, both Jaya and Vijaya hold three of the weapons that are typically associated with Lord Vishnu: the chakra, the Shankha, and the mace. The only distinction lies in their fourth hand, where they wield a sword, while Lord Vishnu usually holds a lotus in that hand.

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