In Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, the Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam is performed only four times in the year. Koil means ‘Holy Shrine’, Alwar means ‘Devotee’ and Tirumanjanam means ‘Cleaning with Aromatic Ingredients’. Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam means cleaning and purification ceremony of the Holy place by the devotee is the main temple of the festival.
Koil Alwar Tirumanjanam ceremony is performed strictly early in the morning was held 4 times in a year on the Tuesday only before Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and Brahmotsavam.
In this ceremony can perform strictly as per the Vaikasana Agamas. Then the Main Deity of Lord Venkateswara is covered with cloth or waterproof covering to prevent from water, dust, and wind.
During this time, the temple was closed for 5 to 6 hours. After complete the Tirumanjanam, the temple will open at 12:00 PM for common devotees.
The entire Garbalayam including ceiling, walls, floors, pillars is cleaned and brushed with lots of water. Also, some things are used for Pooja as Aarti plates, Deepam Vessels and more are cleaned with water.
Priests can perform Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam ritual by smearing with aromatic ingredients as Camphor, Sandal Paste, Kumkum, Saffron, Kicchili Gadda and Turmeric Powder.
After finishing the Tirumanjanam, the covering of the main deity is removed and a special Pooja and Naivedyam are performed to the deity. Then the devotees are allowed for Darshan.
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