‘Kartika vanabhojanam' held at the ‘Parvet mandapam'
‘Vaishnavite' festival ‘Kaisika Dwadasi' was on Monday observed at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara amidst religious fervour.
In accordance to the age-old practice, the processional deities of ‘Ugra Srinivasamurthy' with His two consorts on either side were taken out in a grand procession around the mada streets of the sacred shrine before the break of dawn. (The idol of ‘Ugra Srnivasamurthy' is brought out of the temple complex only once a year on this day). The procession was followed by the ‘Dwadasi Asthanam' by the priests inside the temple.
The day also witnessed the celebrations of ‘Kartika vanabhojanam' at the ‘Parvet mandapam' situated about 2 km from the main temple complex amidst the thick Tirumala forests. ‘Snapana Thirumanjanam' was ceremoniously performed to the deities at the ‘mandapam' followed by community meals in which thousands of devotees took part. The cultural programmes organised by the TTD's Annamacharya project personnel, and the Harikatha parayanam were the special attractions of the day.
TTD Executive officer L.V. Subramanyam said that the festival was being observed in all the ‘Harijanawadas' across the State. The community meals organised on the occasion denoted the bond between ‘Bhagwan' and the ‘Bhaktha', he said.
Prominent among those who participated in the programme included TTD Chairman K. Bapiraju, the Joint Executive Officers K.S. Srinivasa Raju and Venkatrami Reddy, and other officials.