New Sankeerthana Book
New Audio CD
New Sankeerthana Book
of Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya 607th Jayanthi Festival
from previous page)
Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya composed over 32000 Sankeerthanas over 600 years ago.
In over 100 of his compositions known, he captured the ceremonial aspects of the
marriage ceremony with Lord Venkateswara and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi.
The lyrical masterpieces depicted the deeper rationales embedded in our marriage
traditions, and at the same time revered the deep devotion to the Lord.
Sri Venkateswara Annamacharya Society of America's Sankeerthana Kalyanothsavam was
conducted in a fittingly grand manner – starting with the Gurudeva Prarthana
recital of couple of Sankeerthana’s of Annamacharya and followed it with
traditional procession ‘Urigempu’ of Sri Venkateswara and Annamacharya
around the temple with the musicians rendering the music in tandem to the chants
of “Govinda! Govinda!”. This
was followed by the performance of Kalyanothsavam with steps (Ghattams)
Snathakam, Rakhsa Bandhanam, Kanya Daanam, Jeelakara Bellam, Mangala Suthra
Dharanam and Talambralu etc. As the priests conducted and explained the
religious and social significance of each step of the Kalyanam
(wedding), Satya Duvvuri presented the matching Annamacharya composition
explaining the meaning and significance and the musicians laced it with their
melodious renderings. Such a
punctuation of ceremony with music enthralled one and all, thus creating a
harmony that will benefit the entire world with peace and everlasting
happiness. The appeal was magical to all the devotees who participated in
the Sannkeerthana Kalyanothsavam. Their thoughts were uplifted to a completely transformed level of
consciousness. One of the devotees commented
"Devotees expressed their hearts out because befittingly
Sri Venkateswara Annamacharya Society of America is the first
organization to perform this kind of Kalyanothsavam with Sankeerthanas in
never before done by anywhere other than the organization itself on 21 May 2011
in Carson, CA, and continuing it annually thereafter. Needless to say, in today’s challenging times, we need such programs that commemorate the great Saints
works in a manner to bring awareness of devotional quality in the community, and SVASA did an absolutely terrific job in delivering the
message for the past two decades in United States!".
Harathi" and Naivedyam was offered at 2:45pm. Prasadam was served to the devotees
after the Kalyanothsavam.
Sankeerthana Kalynothsavam is an experience beyond description; it is an experience that
raised our awareness of our traditions and music, understanding of Annamacharya
Sankeerthanas, and above all our devotion to Lord Sri Venkateswara. Someone aptly remarked –
this is a journey to Thirupathi,
the abode of Lord Sri Venkateswara, and with no ticket!!
Among the volunteers that helped in this event there were student volunteers.
May the blessing of Sri Venkateswara and Annamacharya
be always there with all those participated in this unique religious event.
607th Jayanthi Festival continued on 3 Oct at the Fresno Hindu Temple, Clovis,
CA. For the highlights See Next Page.