The ‘Utlotsavam' festival was on Tuesday observed at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara amidst great religious ecstasy. The festival where in the local youth participate in a large number is customarily observed on the succeeding day of ‘Krishna Janmashtami ' every year.
Even though Utlotsavams was conducted at three places atop the temple town, the one conducted in front of the main temple complex drew huge crowds. Hundreds of enthusiastic youth who formed into groups among themselves in their resplendent joy vied with others to capture the prize money tied atop a long wooden post smeared with sticky and other oily substances. It was all about a pyramid building exercise. While the youth with ‘hefty' body frame formed the required ‘base' around the pedestal of the wooden log, the ‘lean' built competed with each other to climb from upon them and reach the apex portion of the log and seize the ‘reward' that awaited them. Meanwhile, the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Lord Sri Krishna were taken around in a grand procession on golden ‘Tiruchi' around the mada streets encircling the holy shrine. Prominent among those who took part in the festival include TTD Executive officer L.V. Subramanyam, Additional CVSO Siva Kumar Reddy, Dy. EO (T) Muniratnam Reddy and other temple officials.