TTD commemorates Tirupati’s 894th birthday

On Saturday, the Pilgrim City of Tirupati celebrated its 894th Origin Day with much pomp and circumstance. According to Bhumana Karunakara Reddy, chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the Srivari temple Trust will henceforth commemorate the event in a manner similar to that of the yearly Brahmotsavams.

Bhumana elaborated on the importance of the day, stating that Sri Ramanujacharya placed the foundation stone for the temple city, Govindarajapuram, on February 24, 1130. The chairman of TTD pointed out that the story of Tirupati’s creation is recited by the priests every day during the Mantrapushpam ceremony at the Govindaraja Swamy temple and that this story is supported historically by the earliest inscription on the temple’s Gopuram.

On this day in 1130 AD, the Vaishnavite saint Bhagawad Ramanujacharya laid the foundation stone for the Govindaraja Swamy temple and placed the idol within the sanctum sanctorum. At the age of 112, Sri Ramanujucharya—who lived to be 120 years old—founded the temple. He said, “It is fair to observe February 24 as Tirupati’s birthday.

“There was only Tirumala to the north and Tirusukanoor (Tiruchanoor) to the south before Tirupati was established,” he said. The Govindaraja Swamy temple’s foundation stone was put by Ramanujacharya to accommodate the priests who hiked up the Tirumala hills every day.~

“He established the Agraharam, which served as the foundation for the township’s construction. The center of the city was then formed by developing Tirupati at a distance equal to that of the two existing villages.

Bhumana launched off the Shobha Yatra from the Govindaraja Swamy temple as part of the festivities. A parade was organized along the four Mada streets that encircle the Srivari temple, and hundreds of devotees performed bhajans.

The Govindaraja temple complex had sculptures of Sri Ramanuja where people may offer prayers. There were also Tirumala Pedda Jeeyar Swamy and Chinna Jeeyar Swamy.

Bhumana also emphasized Tirupati’s unique status as the only city in the world with a recognized foundation day. “From now on, February 24th will be observed as Tirupati’s birthday on the TTD calendar,” he said.

Speaking at the event, TTD executive officer AV Dharma Reddy said that in order to improve the pilgrims’ spiritual journey to the Lord Venkateswara temple, initiatives are being developed to beautify Tirupati. He said that Tirupati’s growth has the full backing of the temple trust.

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