Staff Reporter

Endless ‘darshan’ queue lines, long waiting hours at the cottage allotment centres and Kalyanakatta seen

Pilgrim Amenities complexes (PACs) packed to capacity

Over 3,000 police personnel pressed for bandobust duty

TIRUMALA: Thousands of devotees witnessed the procession of the auspicious “Kalpavrikshavahanam” organised on Saturday i.e., on the fourth day of the ongoing annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara.

Of late the inclination among the devotees to participate in large number during the procession is fast catching up with the strong belief that their miseries get mitigated once they pray to the Lord seated on the ‘Kalpavriksha’ - the argument which holds a unique importance rooted down in the mythology.

The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy flanked by his Two Consorts mounted atop the golden “Kalpavriksha vahanam” were ceremoniously carried out in a grand procession around the Mada streets.

After the routine rituals inside the temple ‘Snapana Thirumanjanam’ was performed to the deities inside the temple complex. Later in the evening the deities were once again taken around the Mada streets in a colourful procession, this time on the tastefully decorated ‘Sarva Bhoopala vahanam’. With regard to the turnout in the pilgrim crowd the temple town was worse hit. Endless ‘darshan’ queue lines stretching for several kilometres outside the ‘vaikuntam’ queue complex, long waiting hours at the cottage and guest house allotment counters and at Kalyanakatta were the order of the day. All the three massive Pilgrim Amenities complexes (PACs) were packed to their capacity. The temple authorities attributed the cause to the ‘Peratasi’ Saturday which is of very special importance to the people of neighbouring Tamil Nadu State and followed by the ‘Garuda seva’ festival falling on Sunday. Despite their best efforts the TTD staff manning the ‘darshan’ lines remained helpless. Free food packets and breakfast were served to all the devotees in the queue lines.

The TTD management, which is highly optimistic given the spate of the pilgrim rush atop the temple town Tirumala, is of the strong opinion that the crowd will touch the fascinating five lakh mark on Sunday for ‘Garuda seva’. Briefing the media persons the TTD chairman D.K. Adikesavulu said that unprecedented security arrangements are being made for the ‘Garuda seva’. It is in this connection he said that more than 3,000 police personnel are being pressed for the bandobust duty besides over 2000 scouts and volunteers.

Sacred garlands

The sacred garlands from the temple of Goddess Andal of Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu reached the sacred hill temple of Lord Venkateswara on Saturday, the fourth day of the ongoing annual Brahmotsavams of the Lord.

The garlands were traditionally received with all its religious ecstasy at the Sri Pedda Jeeyangar Mutt situated opposite to the main temple complex and were taken around the Mada streets of the sacred town before handing over them to the temple authorities. The garlands will be adorned to the main deity on Sunday on the ‘Garuda seva’ day as is the practise.

The customary presentation of sacred umbrellas being made by a Chennai-based private trust every year to the hill temple on Saturday reached Tirumala. The umbrellas will be used on the ‘Garuda seva’ day and during the daily procession of the Lord. Eleven umbrellas were donated to the hill temple of which two will be used in the service of Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru at Tiruchanoor.