‘Taali', marriage certificates, darshan tickets, and free RTC passes presented

The sixth phase programme ‘Kalyanamastu' was held at Sangareddy on Friday. The programme was organised by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTDs). As many as 108 applications were received by for performing marriages. The programme was held in all the constituency headquarters. Those who got married were also handed over marriage registration certificate.

At Sangareddy, 12 couples from Sangareddy and Patancheru constituencies came and got marriages performed. Collector S. Suresh Kumar came there and blessed the couple. They were also given gift vouchers of travel tickets to travel four days across the State sponsored by legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy.

Minister attends

Gadwal Special Correspondent:Minister for Information D.K. Aruna took part in the TTD-sponsored Kalyanamastu programme and blessed 17 couples at Gadwal on Friday. She personally handed over the ‘talli', toe-rings and clothes to the couples. She described Kalyanamastu as positive trend in society that reduced the expenditure of the weddings.

She said it was a boon for the poor families which could not afford the growing cost of weddings, especially the parents of girls. According to her, 453 couples were united at Kalyanamastu in the district at various places on Friday. Revenue Divisional Officer Narayana Reddy, Market Yard Chairman G. Krishna Reddy, DWMA Project Director Balakondaiah and others were present.

Couples gifted articles

Adilabad Staff Reporter writes:There was good response to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Kalyanamastu programme in Adilabad district as 800 couples tied the knot at various places on Friday. Some 47 marriages took place at the TTD kalyanamandapam in Adilabad. Collector A. Ashok lauded the effort of the TTD in sponsoring the marriages.

He said the TTD gifted articles like the ‘mangalsutra' to the brides. The marriages were followed by luncheon for the relatives of the couples.

Rare opportunity

Tirupati Staff Reporter writes:Friday turned out to be the day of nuptials for 277 brides and bridegrooms in Chittoor district, who entered into wedlock as part of the sixth phase of ‘Kalyanamastu', the TTD's mass marriage programme organised across the State.

In Tirupati, the event was organised at Nehru Lalitakala Vedika on MCT premises, where 31 bachelors tied the ‘mangalasutram' around the neck of their respective would-be wives, in the presence of their parents and relatives. All the registered couples got married between 9.52 a.m. and 10.04 a.m., which was said to be an auspicious muhurtam set by the pundits when the zodiac sign ‘Karkataka Lagnam' was in vogue. Apart from the marital bliss, there was a palpable feel of spiritual ecstasy among the brides when the knot was tied, as the ‘mangalasutrams' were earlier placed at the holy feet of the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, an opportunity many of them could not have even dreamt of.

Joint Executive Officer (Tirumala) K.S. Srinivasa Raju, Deputy Executive Officer (Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishat) Umapathy, Superintendent of Police (Tirupati Urban) V. Ravinder and others blessed the newly-wed couples.

Outside Tirupati, the constituency-wise number of couples wedded was Chittoor (21), Gangadhara Nellore (16), Puthalapattu (8), Nagari (26), Satyavedu (23), Srikalahasti (10), Chandragiri (17), Piler (14), Madanapalle (15), Thamballapalle (15), Punganur (23), Palamaner (12) and Kuppam (46).

Special tokens

Karimnagar Staff Reporter writes:A record number of 538 mass marriages were performed in various parts of Karimnagar district as part of sixth phase of Kalyanamastu programme by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam authorities on Friday.

In Karimnagar, the Kalyanamastu programme was held at TTD Kalyanamandapam where 26 marriages were performed by the pundits in a traditional manner.

Collector Smita Sabharwal, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar, DRO Balaji Ranjit Prasad and others blessed the couple.

Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said that the TTD would distribute special tokens for the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy at the Tirumala for the couples who married at Kalyanamastu programme and their respective parents.

The Karimnagar MP promised to provide LPG gas connections to the couples under the Deepam scheme. The devasthanams and revenue authorities organised lunch for the guests of the couples. Besides, the TTD had also distributed two grams of taali, silver mettalu, and new clothes to the couples.

‘In less number'

Kurnool Special Correspondent writes:Collector Ramsankar Naik formally launched Kalayamastu programme in the district on Friday by blessing five couples at SAP Camp. In all, 173 couples tied the nuptial knot at various places in the district.

After blessing the couples, Mr. Naik said the number came down this time coinciding the mass weddings sponsored by Minor Irrigation Minister T.G. Venkatesh where 72 couples took part.

Later, the Collector visited Kalvabugga where Kalyanamastu was conducted.

All decked up

Nellore Staff Reporter writes:A total of 151 couples entered into wedlock in the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) mass marriages programme held in ten constituencies in the district on Friday.

The TTD officials made elaborate arrangements for the marriages. The kalyanamandapams were decorated with thoranams and flower garlands in Nellore, Kavali, Gudur, Sullurpet, Venkatagiri, Kovur and other areas in the district for the programme.

The marriages were performed at around 10 a.m. and several pubic representatives and officials attended the marriages in the TTD Kalyanamandapam, at Nellore and other temples in the district.

Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy presented marriage certificates, darshan tickets and four-day free passes issued by APSRTC to the newly-wed couples in Nellore.