The nine-day annual Brahmotsavam of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy at Srinivasa Mangapuram got off to a spiritual start with priests, amidst chanting of verses from scriptures by Vedic pundits, hoisting the ‘Dhwaja Patham’ atop the ‘Dhwajasthambham’ of the shrine signalling the start of the fete. The bejewelled deities of the Lord and His two consorts mounted on ‘vahanam’ also symbolically witnessed the ceremony.
According to mythologies, Srinivasa Mangapuram is the place where Lord Venkateswara, after His divine wedding with Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, lived for nearly six months as was ‘desired’ by sage Agasthya, which is why a worship in the temple is said to bless those facing hiccups in marriages, with an immediate and happy wedlock.
After the ‘cradle festival’, the Lord and His consorts were taken in a colourful procession round the temple in the evening mounted on ‘Pedda Sesha vahanam’, seven-headed serpent symbolising the ‘Sevan Hills’, even as a large number of devotees offered their obeisance to the deities.
Besides ‘vahanam’ processions everyday in the morning and the evening, devotional programmes such as discourses, bhajans, etc. also would be conducted.
Among those who took part in the Dhwajarohanam were the TTD’s JEO, P. Venkatrama Reddy, Deputy E.O, Reddy, and others .