16 February 2015 Tirupati: The famous Shiva Shrine which is maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Sri Kapileswara Swamy temple is all set prepared for the most important annual occasion in its collection of annual festivals, Maha Siva Rathri at Kapila Theertaam which will be observed on Tuesday with spiritual pomp and deity.
As over one lakh pilgrims are anticipated to go to this famous Shiva temple on Tuesday, TTD has made elaborate preparations of Security and Annaprasadam distribution for the massive day by deploying special group of vigilance sleuths for crowd administration and likewise over a hundred Srivari Seva Volunteers to man queue lines, distribute annaprasadam and so on for the multitude of visiting pilgrims.
Meanwhile the day on February 17, commences with Suprabhatam at 2.30 am adopted by Mahanyasapurvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam, upto 4.30 am and later the deities shall be specifically embellished for the festive event. The devotees will be allowed for Sarva Darshanam from 5.30 am to 11 am.
During the day there will likely be Rathotsavam between 7 am to 9 am on Tuesday. After Rathotsavam which is otherwise referred to as Bhogitheru, Snapana Tirumanjanam follows. Again the devotees will be allowed for darshan from 11.30 am to 2 pm. This will probably be followed by special abhishekam, Alankaram, Sahasranamarchana, Deeparadhana.
The Devotees will be allowed for Sarva Darshan from 5pm to 12 midnight. Meanwhile the Lord Shiva will take celestial journey on Adhikara Nandi Vahanam-probably the most famous vehicle of the ten day brahmotsavams, which will probably be from 6pm to 10pm. This is also called “Gramotsavam”.
On the zero hours of February 18, Lingodbhavakala Abhishekam will be carried out from until 1am , followed by second, third and fourth abhishekams which is followed by Alankaram, Archana, Naivedyam, Deeparadhana and Ekantaseva.
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