Celestial weddings performed for the wellbeing of people

Telugu new year, Nandana namasamvatsaram, was celebrated in a traditional way amid religious fervour on Friday. Waking up early, young, and old tastefully decorated their houses with mango leaves after taking oil bath.

Eatables such as "pulihora, bobbatlu" and preparations made with fresh raw mango were consumed on the occasion.

The main attraction was the ‘Ugadi Pachchadi', made of new tamarind, new jaggery, raw mango, neem flower, and salt, to get the feel of six different tastes which signified the right attitude to face the challenges ahead in the new year.

Celestial weddings were performed to the panchaloha idols of Lord Parameswara and his consort Parvati as also Lord Srinivasa with Sridevi and Bhoodevi at the Veeranjenaya Swamy temple at Santhapet by priests led by Matampalli Srirama Sarma for the well-being of people.

Taking part in the celebrations at Ambedkar Bhavan, Congress MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy hoped that the new year would bring health, wealth, and prosperity for Telugu people.

‘Panchanga sravanam'' was read by vedic scholar Matampalli Dakshinamoorthy.

Joint Collector P Lakshminarasimhum, additional Joint Collector Ch Mohana Rao were among those who listened with rapt attention the vedic priest who stated what was in store for the nation, including the State and also for individual as per one's birth star. Reports of celebrations came from all over the district.

A religious fair was held at Mutyalamma temple premises near Marrigudem village in Kunavaram mandal in Bhadrachalam division on the occasion of Ugadi festival. Scores of devotees thronged the Mutyalamma jatara.

A large number of devotees thronged the famous Sthambadri Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy hill shrine and offered special prayers on the occasion in Khammam. A host of devotional programmes and special pujas were organised at various temples in the town and elsewhere in the district to mark the celebration of Ugadi.

The district administration cancelled the Ugadi celebrations in view of Tuesday's private school bus mishap near Tungaram village in Chandrugonda mandal.

The official ceremony slated for Friday here to celebrate the Ugadi festival was cancelled in the wake of the tragic death of the schoolchildren in the road accident.

The departments concerned have earlier made elaborate arrangements for the event. However, the ceremony was eventually cancelled following the tragic mishap which sent shockwaves across the State.


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