When Lord Balaji came to Mumbai to wed

Lord Tirupat BalajiIt was a special hallowed moment that eager devotees had been patiently waiting a very, very long time for.They turned up in enormous numbers to witness this remarkable spectacle. Their revered deity, the magnificent and all-powerful Lord of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji and his consorts Goddesses Sridevi and Bhudevi were in Mumbai, all the way from the temple town of Tirupati, in Andhra Pradesh, for a three-day divine marriage ceremony in the bustling metropolis.

For the first time, the gods residing at the Temple of the Seven Hills, Venkateswara (who is also called Balaji and is a supreme avatar of Vishnu) and his consorts were brought to a locality in Navi Mumbai for the ceremony.Incidentally Venkateswara is the name for the god who destroys the sins of the people. Vishnu out of special respect for his followers was incarnated as Venkateswara to come and offer salvation in the Kali Yug era. He is considered one of the highest forms of Vishnu.

Prior to this divine wedding, the priests from Tirupati conducted a ceremony called Vasantotsavam October 16 in Mumbai. During the rite, scents were applied to Lord Balaji and his consorts, while priests recited Vedic chants.The ritual Abhishekam or religious bathing occurred thereafter. The god and his consorts were grandly bathed in holy water, milk, curd (yogurt), honey, turmeric and sandal paste. Special pujas were performed for the trio and they were decked up amidst chanting of Srinivasa Govinda, Venkatesa Govinda.

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