Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam
Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam details
This festival is observed on The Akshaya Tritiya day in the month of Vaisaka (April). This day according to the belief is most sacred as it is auspicious day for Lord Maha Vishnu. Even a small gift presented or donated on this day is supposed to bring manifold and multiple returns to the donor.
On this day the sandal paste applied on the deity is removed and the original form (Nijaroopa Darshan) of the deity is exposed and revealed. The Nijaroopa Darshan can be seen for 12 hours from dawn to dusk. The removal of the sandal paste is done amidst the resonant chanting of the Vedas and other hymns. The sandal paste is subsequently applied on layers of silk-cloth on the deity and the massive application gives the look of a linga in form and shape.
After removal of the sandal paste, Panchamrutha Abhishekam is performed. The Naivedyam is not offered when the Nijaroopa (original form) is revealed to view. Instead all the three food-offerings of the day morning, noon and night are offered together in the night.