TIRUMALA: Joy of devotees knew no bounds when they had a glimpse of Lord Balaji in the enchanting Mohini Avatharam brought out from the temple in Dantha Pallaki (ivory palanquin) accompanied by Sri Krishna Swamy varu on another palanquin on the fifth day morning of the ongoing Srivari Brahmotsavams here today.
Bewitching form of Mohini cast a spell of enchantment on the multitude who with folded hands above their heads with `Govinda Namam’ on their lips worshipped the Lord as the Dantha Pallaki inched its way along Tiru Veedulu. It is the second time that Lord Malayappa Swamy dons a woman form. First being `Saraswathi Rupam’ on Hamsa Vahanam on the second day of the Brahmotsavams.
Adorned with precious ornaments and flowers of different hues, sitting sensuously on the palanquin (offering by Mysore maharaja three centuries ago) carrying Nachiar Thirukkoam in hand, the celestial beauty of Mohini had every one mesmerised. During Ksheera Sagara Madanam (churning of milk ocean), Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Mohini to bewitch the Asuras and deny them Amrutam so the evil will not prevail.
Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Mohini to slay demon Bhasmasura and save Lord Siva from his clutches. Siva had bestowed a boon on the demon that on whose ever head the demon puts his hands he will turn to ash. Bhasmasura wanted to test his boon on Lord Siva himself. Maha Vishnu took the form of Mohini to save Bhola Shankar and the world.
Darshan of Mohini Avatharam of the Lord during Srivari Brahmotsavas is believed to be absolving evil in people. All along the processional route, Grihastas offered Harathi and sought blessings for the well being of their near and dear ones.
After the procession, the deities were taken inside the temple and special pujas were performed to them at Dwaja Stambam followed by Astanam at Ranganayakula Mandapam and Sallimpu of special jewels.