The word “Thomala”
means a garland of flowers.
Hence this arjitha seva assumes importance of decorating the presiding deity with
exquisitely tied colourful floral and Tulasi garlands after awakening Him from celestial
sleep with Suprabhata Seva.
This arjitha seva is intended to call the special attention of the pilgrim grihasta
who takes part paying requisite amount to witness the flower decoration of the “Mula
Virat”(main deity)which takes place at the end of the puja.
Known as “Thodutha Malai” in Tamil, the flower garlands in Yamunathurai are brought
by the Periya Jiyar-the chief pontiff of Tirumala temple as per the traditional
custom or by his Ekangi (disciple) in the temple, with a lighted torch in a procession
to the rhythmic beat of Jeganta (handy bells)to the temple.
The flower garlands are made into several pieces and each piece being of a particular
size to be adorned to the respective areas to enhance the Divine beauty of Lord
in a spectacular manner. This seva lasts for about 30 minutes. This arjitha seva
is performed only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays while in Ekantam(pilgrims
are not allowed)during the rest of the week.