Staff Reporter

Endowments Minister presents `Pattuvastrams'

BHADRACHALAM: The celestial wedding was performed in a unique tradition in Bhadradri temple on Friday. Gaiety and fervour marked the occasion. The Mithila stadium, where the idols of Lord Rama and his consort Sita were united in wedlock, had a huge turn out of devotees. The air was filled with mysticism. Desperate to get a glimpse of the divine couple, people squeezed into spaces. They were in deep devotion all through the proceedings of the festival.

The wedding rituals commenced with Vishwaksenachana after seating the festive idols in the richly decorated Kalyanamantapam. It was in deed relatively a cool day in the temple town and the devotees engrossed in the Rama nama smaranam had hardly any distraction. The rush of VIPs was comparatively less. The archakas explained to the vast multitude as to why the wedding was performed on April 7 instead of April 6, saying that the day, which had the Navami preceding Dasami, was auspicious and hence it was preferred to the day which had Asthami preceding Navami.

The priest conducted the Suvarna Kankana Dharana, the most important part in the protocol of worship on the day. The idols were adorned with resplendent jewellery gifted by the Saint Poet Bhakta Ramadas, who had built the temple. The Chintaku Pathakam and Patchala Pathakam were exhibited to the devotees by taking them around the Kalyanamantapam before conducting the Alankarana. The Rama Mada, an ornament made of one of the gold coins in which Lord Rama and Lakshmana paid back the money used for the temple construction for securing the release of the saint poet, was also used in the `divya abharana alankarana.'

Minister for Endowments J. C. Diwakar Reddy presented the `Pattuvastrams' on behalf of the State Government keeping with the tradition. TTD Chairman T. Subbarami Reddy presented Pattuvastrams on behalf of the TTD. Pattuvastrams were received on the occasion from the Sringeri Peetham and Srirangam and a host of other institutions.