Ankurarpanam held in Lord Balaji Temple Jammu
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: The Ankurarpanam-ritual of prelude for Maha Samprokshanam festivities in Srivari temple at Majeen village in Jammu was observed on Saturday.
As a part of the religious event, Acharya Varanam, Punyahavachanam, Mritsangrahanam, Ankurarpanam was observed between 6 PM and 8 PM.
The essence of Ankuararpanam, “sowing the seed”, ritual is to make a Sankalpa (Wish) to celebrate a Utsavam (Festival) and get the grace of the Lord.
Sastras prescribe doing Ankurarpanam or Beejavapanam, sowing of seeds in sacred mud pots will be done 9, 7 5, 3 days or at least one day before the festival.
This ritual is performed in the evenings as the dictum has its basis in astrological principles.
As Chandra-the Moon God is said to be the “Sasyakaraka” – the controller of plants, the seed sowing ceremony is performed in nights only before every festival.
Agamas, the holy texts also mention that the sprouts that emanate from the seeds imply the successful celebration of the fete.
From June 4 to 7, other Vaidika rituals will be performed while on June 8, Maha Samprokshanam will be observed between 7:30 AM and 8:15 AM in the auspicious Mithuna Lagnam.
From 9:30 AM onwards, Darshan for devotees will commence.
One of the chief priests of Tirumala Temple Sri Venugopala Deekshitulu, Kankanabhattar Sri Ramakrishna Deekshitulu, DyEOs Sri Gunabhushan Reddy, Sri Sivaprasad, EE Sri Sudhakar, DyEE Sri Raghu Verma, AEO Sri Krishna Rao, AE Sri Seetaramaraju, Superintendent Sri Subrahmanyam and others were present.