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Holy ritual: Priests performing special pujas to the golden ‘kalasam’ consecrated atop the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram in Tirupati on Thursday.
Holy ritual: Priests performing special pujas to the golden ‘kalasam’ consecrated atop the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram in Tirupati on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Rituals at Sri Kalyana Venkateswara temple end with ‘Maha Samprokshanam’

TIRUPATI: The purification rituals underway for over two months at the TTD’s Sri Kalyana Venkateswara temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram here culminated into a colourful ‘Maha Samprokshanam’ in the zodiac sign of ‘Vrischika Lagnam’ at 8.12 a.m. on Thursday. The event assumed importance as it was performed after a gap of 40 years, while such rituals are required to be performed once in twelve years.

After completing the rituals associated with the event, the temple priests led by the chief priest N. A. K. Srinivasacharyulu took out a procession of the pitchers containing holy water around the temple. The water was later emptied on the golden ‘Kalasam’ consecrated atop the Vimanam that brought the event to a grand close. It may be noted that ‘Balalayam’ was performed on August 31, whereby the divine powers of the presiding deity (Moola Virat) were taken out and enshrined in a prototype before taking up repairs inside the sanctum sanctorum. As part of the project, new teak doors were installed at the main portal, granite flooring laid and a new stone ‘Bali Peetham’ consecrated inside the temple.

Executive Officer K.V.Ramanachary released a book ‘Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswamy Mahima’, authored by the TTD’s Agama advisor Vedantam Vishnu Bhattacharyulu. Trust board members Ch.Sudha and C.Bhaskar Reddy and chief engineer V. S. B. Koteswara Rao were among those who took part.

Arjitha sevas are scheduled to be performed as usual from Friday.


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