The three-day annual ‘Padmavathi Parinayotsavam' got off to a dazzling start at Tirumala on Wednesday. The processional deities of the Lord Malayappa Swamy and His two consorts adorned with special jewels were taken in a colourful procession to the decorated Narayanagiri Gardens.
The sprawling lawns were specially spruced up with huge cut-outs depicting various mythological themes, gorgeous pandals and floral arches befitting the occasion.
Temple priests conducted special rituals to processional at the colourfully illuminated ‘mandapam' even as thousands of devotees witnessed the function. The deity of the Lord which was taken in procession mounted atop the Gaja Vahanam, would ride the Aswa and Garuda vahanams on the next two days.
The TTD's Dharma Prachara Parishad and Annamacharya Project jointly organised cultural and devotional programmes in the gardens to add to the spiritual ambience.
Meanwhile, the temple administration of TTD has cancelled Arjitha Sevas like Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deeplanakara Seva on the three days in view of the festival.