The celestial wedding of Lord Chennakeshava swamy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi was held in a grand manner as part of the 19-day annual Brahmotsavam at the ancient temple here on Friday.

Temple chief priest Sripathi Kesavacharyulu tastefully decorated the Kalyana mandapam with choicest flowers for the special day.

As many as 11 priests performed the rituals associated with the celestial marriage after purificatory rituals connected with the lunar eclipse as chants of Govinda Govinda rented the air.

Vedic priests led by V.A.V.Deekshit from the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD) Vedapatashala explained the significance of the event held for universal peace.

The 136-ft temple tower with nine tiers, being renovated now is an architectural marvel as it allows sunrays to fall at the feet of the Lord during the Dhanur masam every year. Tens and thousands of devotees from far and near thronged the historic temple, the main seat of Vaishnavism between Nellore and Ahobilam, in these parts to seek the blessings of the Lord Chennakeshava, an incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu.

Markapur MLA Kandula Narayana Reddy and former MLA K. P. Konda Reddy were among the large number of devotees who presented silk robes for the special occasion.

Elites in the town presented laddu and other prasadams on the occasion.

Temple trust board chairman R. Koteswara Rao, Manager A. V. Narayana Reddy made elaborate arrangements for the festival with assistance of Markapur police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police B. Ramanjaneyulu.

The 18-stone inscriptions on the walls of the temple throws light on the socio-economic and cultural life of Andhra people during the Sri Krishnadevaraya regime.