Vaishaka Brahmotsava Of Lord Varadharaja
Brahmotsava of Varadharaja swami happens every year in Sowramana Vaishaka Masa and hence the name Vaishaka utsava or Vaishaka Brahmotsava. This Utsava is a 10 day event with almost 2 utasavas in a day (morning and evening), where the lord blesses the devotees in different vahanas and with different alanakras. This utasava happens by the direct orders of Sri Varadahraja Swami himself to Lord Brahma and it is believed that Loard Brahma comes to Kanchi every year and does this utsava to the Lord by himself. The Details of every day in brahmotsava is shared below with respective pictures.
Pre Brahmotsava Activities and Utsavams
Lakshmi Devi Sukravara Utsavam
The previous Friday before dwajaarohana of Brahmotsava is called Kadavezzi Utasava or Last Friday Utsava, where Lakshmi devi called Bhargavi takes a special Alankara and Enthrones MangalaGiri Vahana to bless the devotees that evening. Sepecial Abhiseka is done to Lakshmi devi in the morning and the Utsava happens in the evening. Every Friday Lakshmi Devi's Utsava is performed all round the year, but during Brahmotsava Lakshmi devi Friday utsava will not be performed. This Utsava is named as Last friday utsava to denote that the utsava will be the last utsava of lakshmi devi before Brahmotsava and she will not have utsava during Brahmotsava period. This Utsava marks that excitement of Brahmotsava has already begun.
Selvar is the Bali moorthi of the temple. Selvar is the Nithya Utsava moorthi for whom dialy utasavam happens twice a day all round the year, except the days where the main utasava moorthi's utasava is performed. This moorthi is believed to be found while excavating the land, to build the temple and is considered as a replacement of Bohha Moorthi Varadharaja (one among the 4 brahmakararchita vardharaja moorthi made by vishwakarma himslef) which is made of copper. The replacement happened for various unknown reason.
Two days before the Dwajaarahona of Brahmotsava, this Nitya Utsava Morrthi's last Nithya Utsavam is performed with special Alankara and abhisheka in the evening. This Utsavam doubles the excitement of the 10 day grand brahmotsava.
Viswaksenar Nagara Sodhanae
When the Viswaksenar Nagara Sodhanae happens the excitement of the devotees would have reached their peek, as the very next day would be the start of the eagerly waited Brahmotsava. This Viswaksenar Nagara Sodhanae utsava happens for the reason that the Viswaksena, the Senathipathi of the Devata army goes around every nuke and corner around the city of Kanchipuram to check and make sure that everything is fine for the lords Utsava. When Viswaksena has returnes to the temple after the end of the day, the devotees hearts are filled with happiness indicating that their year long wait for seeing the lord in his Brahmotsava is the very next day.
Abhiseka to Lord Vardharaja
A Special Abhiseka is performed for Varadharaja early in the morning, preparing him for the grand event
Annadhana seva @ Sathyapoorna Math
During the 10 day Brahmotsava , 10 day annadhana is being offered in Sathyappoorna Math for all hari bakthas. This Annadhana seva dates back to the times of Sri Sathyapoornateertharu and with the blessings of Sri Satyatmateertharu, the annadhana traditions continues even today. To know more about the importance of Annadhana @ kanchi , check out the below link