Hyderabad: The Brahmotsavam 2022 at Chilkur Balaji temple will begin on 12 April and end on 18 April. The Brahmotsavam is held for seven days beginning on Ekadashi day immediately after Sri Ram Navami in the month of Chaitra.
The evening before the first day, the rite of Ankurarpanam (the sowing of seeds to signify fertility and abundance) is performed. The main activity of the first day is Dhwajarohana, the raising of the Garuda flag to signify the beginning of the festival. Religious activities during the festival include daily homas and processions on the streets surrounding the temple.
On the final day, the Sudarshana Chakra is bathed in the nearby water body by the devotees. The festival ends with Dhwajavarohanam, the lowering of the Garuda flag.
On the first day, a flag with a picture of Garuda (the vehicle of Vishnu) is hoisted over the temple. The flag is believed to be a symbolic invitation to all deities to attend the festival.
During the anointing of the Garuda flag, Naivedyam is performed after Nava Kalasha Snapana or Abhishekam followed by Alankaram to Garuda in a grand ceremony. Women without children are given this Garuda prasadam on this day which is believed to bless them with children.