Patotsava is an annual festival celebrated for 7 days in the month of Chaitra (April – May) to commemorate the appearance of the Deities at Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir.
The Supreme Lord descends in the form of Deities so that we get an opportunity to serve Him. The Lord is transcendental to our mundane senses. He cannot be seen with our present eyes, nor can He be heard with our present ears. To the degree that we have entered into the service of the Lord or to the proportion to which our lives are freed from sins, we can perceive the Lord. But even though we are not free from sins, the Lord is kind enough to allow us the facility of seeing Him in His Deity form in the temple.
In 2012, the Supreme Lord descended at Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir to bestow His mercy upon us and this occasion is celebrated by the devotees as Patotsava.
Patotsava is celebrated in all Vaishnava Temples with grandeur; especially the Srivari Brahmotsavam celebrated in Tirumala is by far the biggest. Lord Venkateshwara or Sri Balaji is taken out in a procession every day on various vahanas (vehicles) like Adi Sesha Vahana, Hamsa Vahana, Simha Vahana, Kalpa Vriksha Vahana, Garuda Vahana, Hanumad Vahana, Gaja Vahana, Surya Prabha Vahana, Ashwa Vahana, etc. The celebrations attract lakhs of pilgrims from various parts of the world.
At Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, the Patotsava festival begins with Dhvaja Arohana, hoisting the New flag of Shudarshan Chakra. During Dhvaja Arohana devotees invite various demigods (devatas) to come and participate in the festival.
Every day, the Deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram are adorned in various special alankaras. Read our photo essay to get a visual experience of the colorful festivities of Patotsava. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the festival.