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  • Sree Venkateswara Temple of Cleveland 4406 Brecksville Rd Richfield OH 44286

    SREE VENKATESWARA TEMPLE OF CLEVELAND

    Sree Padmavathi Sametha Sree Venkateswara Parabrahmane Namaha

    4406 Brecksville Road Richfield OH 44286 Tel: (330) 576-5626 Temple Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends & holidays

    Issue 29 Jun 2015

    Board of Trustees

    Dr. R. Bandi

    Mr. L. Venkataraman

    Dr. P. Achanti

    Mr. J. Medarametla

    Dr. S. Ramanavarapu

    Dr. R. Taliwal

    Mr. R. Srinivasan

    Dr. M. Lakireddy

    Dr. K. Devulapalli Mrs. N. Kulasekaran Treasurer Mrs. S. Venna Jt. Treasurer Mrs. N. Kulasekaran Secretary Mr. R. Rambhatla Jt. Secretary Mr. R. Atluri

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    Detailed Calendar on Pg 6

    Religious Calendar:

    Mon, Jun 1Purnima

    Sree Satyanarayana Vratam

    7 PM

    Fri, Jun 5

    Sankatahara Chaturthi

    Fri, Jun 12 to Sun, Jun 14

    VARSHIKA

    BRAHMOTSAVAM

    Tue, Jun 16

    Amavasya

    VARSHIKA

    BRAHMOTSAVAM

    Fri, Jun 12Sun, Jun 14

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    puja schedule

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  • Sree Venkateswara Temple of Cleveland 4406 Brecksville Rd Richfield OH 44286

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    SREE VENKATESWARA TEMPLE OF CLEVELAND

    Sree Padmavathi Sametha Sree Venkateswara Parabrahmane Namaha

    4406 Brecksville Road Richfield OH 44286 Tel: (330) 576-5626 Temple Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends & holidays

    Issue 29 Jun 2015

    Brahmotsavam By Dr. Narender P. Reddy Brahmotsavam is a celestial celebration first performed by Lord Brahma to celebrate the appearance (manifestation) day of Lord

    Srinivasa. Lord Srinivasa appeared on the Narayana Giri (present Tirumala) on the banks of the Lake Swami Pushkarani, located two

    hundred yojanas south of the Ganga river and five yojanas west of the Eastern Sea (Padma Puranam: Kshethra-kaandam, 33:123-

    127).

    Gangaayaa dakshine bhaage yojanaam shatha dwaye! Pancha yojana maathre thu poorvambodesthu pachime!(Two hundred yoja-

    nas south of Ganga and five yojanas west of the eastern sea). Maase Baadrapade Vishnu thithou vishnu samanvithe! Siddayoge

    Somavare girou Naryanaahvaye!! (In the solar month of Badra pada (Sun in Badrapada month or Kanya rasi) on a Monday during

    Ekadasi of the first fortnight, Vishnu (Shravana) nakshatram and Siddha yogam, He arrived on Narayana Giri.) Swami Pushkarani

    theere..... (On the banks of Swami Pushkarani....) Avirbhoova Bagavan Sreenivasaha paraha pumaan! . (The supreme Godhead

    Srinivasa manifested)

    Brahma prayed to Lord Srinivasa and Lakshmi Devi to fulfill his desire to perform a Mahotsavam (a great festival):

    Dwajaarohana poorvascha karya thava mahotsava sa cha thvayaa maha bhooman! Angeekarya Shreeya saha......... (I want to per-

    form a great festival for you including flag hoisting. Please give your consent along with Shree Devi... Varaha Puranam 1:50:26). To

    this, Lord Srinivasa gave His consent: Kriyathaam ithi (Go ahead and do it).

    Brahma performed a festival along with the Vaikanasa sages starting with a ceremony of hoisting (arohanam) of the flag (dwaja) with

    the image of Garuda when the Sun was in Kanya rasi or constellation Virgo. Demigods (devathas) from all directions were invited

    (Aahoothaascha Suraaha sarve, sarvebhyo digbhya evaacha.). All devathas, pious kings and people from all parts of the world

    participated in the festival very enthusiastically. They loudly chanted Govinda, Govinda: .Ghushyanthahasangha sha shoschaih

    Govindethi punaha punaha. On each day of the nine day festival, Lord Sri Venkateswara, wore precious jewelry and rode several

    vahanas (vehicles) in a procession. One day, He rode on a horse which was comparable to the celestial horse Uchchaishravam. Another

    day, Lord Srinivasa rode an elephant which was comparable to Iravatham (the celestial elephant which originally appeared from the

    milky ocean). Yet another day, Lord Srinivasa rode on the king of serpents, the Adishesaha (the celestial serpent). Another day, He

    rode on Garuda the mighty and majestic vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Each day, in this grand procession, the Gandharvas sang melodies

    while the Apsaras and devathas danced in ecstasy. Also in the procession were Vandimagadhas singing His glory and scholars chant-

    ing appropriate Veda mantras. In fact, all the people sang, played instruments and danced ecstatically glorifying Sri Venkateswara.

    One day, Lord Srinivasa along with Sree Devi and Bhu Devi, decorated with precious jewels and diamond studded crowns, rode a gold

    chariot adorned with flowers and jewels. Every day, the ascetics performed fire sacrifice (homam). Utsave darshanam punyam Srini-

    vasaschya shaanginaha: Seeing Srinivasa on these Brahamotsavam festival days is auspicious and provides fulfilment.

    Srinivasotsava dinam punyam papa pranaashanam: The day of Srinivasas festival removes sins and showers blessings. Realizing

    this, devotees contributed food, money, housing etc. Lord Srinivasa bestowed His blessing on devathas and humans alike. He was very

    pleased with Brahma who performed this festival. The festival concluded with Avibruda snanam, Chakra-snanam and dwaja ava-

    rohanam (de-hoisting of the flag).

    Since Brahma performed this utsavam, it is called Brahmotsavam. Thereafter, it was performed annually. With passage of time,

    Brahmotsavam was performed for Lord Venkateswara in Tiruchanoor (after the dwajarohanam, or flag hoisting, in Tirumala). Sree

    Bhagavad Ramanuja Acharya reconstructed the four mada streets around the temple in Tirumala, developed Tirumala town, and

    reestablished the performing of the annual Brahmotsavam in Tirumala. Even today, devotees believe that celestials come in the human

    form and partake in the Utsavam. Before the vahana seva in the night, Lord Srinivasa (Malayappa Swami) along with consorts Sree

    Devi and Bhu Devi are offered unjala seva along with the Sahasra Deepalankarana Seva (glorification with a thousand lamps).

    Saint Annamacharya (more than five hundred years ago) composed several songs related to the annual nine-day long Brahmotsavam to

    Lord Venkateswara describing various vahanas (vehicles), rathas (carts) etc. and the conclusion of the celebrations with chakra

    snanam on Sri Venkateswara Jayanthi. His songs say that demigods and apsaras participate in the festival.

    Name number 47, Brahma Krupthotsavaaya, of the Astothara Satha Namavali of Lord Sri Venkateswara and name number 930 of Sri

    Venkateswara Sahasra-Namavali (Brahmothsava Mahotsavaaya) refer to the Brahmotsavam.

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    SREE VENKATESWARA TEMPLE OF CLEVELAND

    Sree Padmavathi Sametha Sree Venkateswara Parabrahmane Namaha

    4406 Brecksville Road Richfield OH 44286 Tel: (330) 576-5626 Temple Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends & holidays

    Issue 29 Jun 2015

    Lord Sri Venkateswara in Tirumala is taken in a procession in the morning and evening during the nine days on different vahanas

    including Shesha vahana, the majestic Garuda vahana, Hanumath vahana, Surya Prabha, Chandara Prabha, Sarava bhoopala, Kal-

    pa vriksha, Hamsa and Ashwa vahanas each day with a different decoration. On several of these vahanas, Shree Devi and Bhu Devi

    accompany Lord Srinivasa. Noteworthy is the Brahma ratham in front of the procession. It is believed that Brahma sits in this Brah-

    ma ratham in an invisible form (Brahma is not supposed to have an archa form in Kali Yugam). Of all the vahanas, Garuda vahana

    seva is the most significant and attracts at least 400,000 people.

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    Why Garuda Vahanam is of significant importance? Garuda Alwar is the vehicle for Lord Vishnu (Vishnu means all pervading).

    Garuda is an embodiment of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge. Vedas (upanishads) bring Him to us by revealing knowledge of the

    ultimate reality. Similarly, Garuda brings Him to us in His manifested form. Garuda has immense strength. Even Indra, the king of

    demigods, could not stand in a battle with mighty Garuda and eventually made friendship with him. Garuda is swift and fast. Garuda

    is on Venkateswaras flag. For the Brahmotsavam, Garuda invites the 33 crores of demi-gods.

    Saint Annamacharyas song on Venkateswara Swami mounted on Garuda Itu Garuduni Neevekkinanu, pata-pata dikkulu bagguna

    pagile (As you ride Garuda with thunderous sound, the directions are torn apart.) is a tribute to Garudas unmatched strength.

    For the Garuda seva during the Brahmotsavam, Sri Malayappa Swami (the utsava deity of Lord Sree Venkateswara) wears special

    jewelry including Makarakanti, the Lakshmi haaram (necklace of Goddess Lakshmi), Sree Venkateswara Sahasra Nama Mala, which

    all are normally worn by the main deity (moola Vigraham) of Lord Venkateswara in the Garba-Griha. In addition, for this occasion,

    Malayappa swami wears the garland previously worn by Goda Devi (Andal) of Sree Villiputtur. Also, He wears the silk garments pre-

    sented by the ch

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