Students, parents virtually invade platform; vie for ‘kankanams'
TIRUPATI: With the ‘exams season' round the corner students and their parents virtually invaded the platform of the ‘Saraswathi Yagam' conducted here on Friday as part of its three-day Vedic Sammelan by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanms (TTD).
They turned up in large numbers at the Vedic University even hours before the start of the ritual and took vantage points to secure the ‘sacred threads' which were kept in front of the deities of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Saraswathi at the ‘Yaga Sala'.
Special ‘mantras' were chanted by a battery of Veda pundits even as an equally huge contingent of priests performed homam using a range of spices, herbs, ghee etc to propitiate the Goddess of Education -- Saraswathi.
With the TTD's in-house television network, S.V. Bhakthi Channel giving a wide publicity to the ‘Yagam' and so also to its programme to distribute the ‘holy-threads' at the end of the ritual, the influx of students and parents to the venue was all the more high.
In the absence of any special arrangement for a proper and orderly distribution of the highly sought-after ‘kankanams', the anxious students and the parents after some initial patience, virtually invaded the platform where the homam was performed and scrambled for the threads, leading eventually to a free for all at the end.
While some managed to walk away with the threads in bunches, many had to return disappointed without getting even one.
Nonetheless the holy and perhaps the well-timed ritual was a big draw given the overwhelming response it received from the target groups. Along with the threads, the TTD also arranged distribution of brochures containing holy verses in praise of goddess Saraswathi.
Plea to students
The brochure appealed to the students to chant the ‘slokas' either 108 or 24 times daily for the best ‘results'. It said it will arrange to send the ‘kankanams' to those who send to the SVBC self-address and sufficiently stamped envelops.