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Highlights of Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya 603rd Jayanthi Festival 

Sri Venkateswara Annamacharya Society of America commemorated the 603rd Jayanthi of Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya on 21 May 2011
at the SVASA premises and at Shree Ram Kabir Mandir, 530E. 21st St., Carson CA, USA.

It is believed that the Sri Venkateswara Kalyanothsavam (Padmavathi Srinivasa Kalyanam) was introduced by Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya.  He composed scores of Kalyanothsavam Sankeerthanas and it is believed that Annamacharya used to recite these Sankeerthanas while performing the Padmavathi Srinivasa Kalyanam.  In an attempt to bring the reminiscence of the Kalyanothsavam performed by Annamacharya, Sri Venkateswara Annamacharya Society of America performed the Kalyanothsavam during the Jayanthi festival with recital of Annamacharya Sankeerthanas at each Ghattam (Step) of the Kalyanothsavam.

The commemoration festival started on 21 May at 6-7am in the organization's premises in Riverside with Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham followed by Sri Venkateswara Namocharana, Gurudeva Prardhana (SreeMathvadeeya), and Guru Sthuthi Sankeerthanam.

The festival continued at the Sree Ram Kabir Mandir from 9am to 8pm with devotees singing Gurudeva Prardhana (Sreemathvadeeya) followed by Uregimpu and Nagara Sankeerthanam.   Later the devotees gathered at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and honoured Annamacharya by singing numerous Sankeerthanas. Satya Duvvuri, president of the organization, briefly presented the outline of day's events and an introduction on Annamcharya, his life and works before starting Srivari Kalyanothsavam.

  

                Uregimpu and Kalyanam in Sankerrthana Kalyanothsavam

Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya composed over 32000 Sankeerthanas over 600 years ago.  In over 100 of his compositions, he captured the ceremonial aspects of the marriage ceremony with Lord Venkateswara and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. The lyrical masterpieces 


Namo Venkatesaya

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Acknowledgements: Annamacharya Project, TTD, Tirupati, India
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