Tannirmudu festival at Srivari Temple
A festival in honour of devotee par excellence of Lord Venkateswara, Sri Thirumala Nambi will be celebrated at Srivari temple on 31st December 2018 as Tannirmudu festival as a concluding event of Adhyanotsavam which commenced from 7th December 2018.
As per Temple traditions to honour the favourite devotees of Lord, 22nd day of Adhyayanotsavam is heralded as Kanniman Thiruttamb day as Sri Ramanuja Matrandi day, 4th day as Sri VarahaSwamy Sattumora and 26th day as Tannirmudu festival.
As part of the event descendants of Thirumala Nambi will carry pits of holy water from Akashaganga to Vahana mandapam. Alingwith Jeeyars, Archakas and Vedic pundits they entering Srivari temple and perform. Abhisekam to lords gold studded lotus feet while reciting Tirumozhi pashuras, penned by devotee Thirumala Nambi.
Legends say that Thirumala Nambi, maternal uncle of Sri Ramanujacharya born in 973 AD brought Abhisekam water for Srivari Temple from Papavinasam every day. One day he met Lord on way but refused to give water that put a hole in the water pit. Later Lord created a pi day in the nearby hillock, which is known as Akashi Ganga and its sweet water, is known as Tannirmudu.
Sri Ramanujacharya started the festival 1000 years ago as a tribute to services of Thirumala Nambi also known as Thatacharyas. Since then Nambi ancestors participated in this event held with austerity in the Srivari temple.