Congress supporters break coconuts at Tirumala and Tirupati
TIRUPATI: Post elections, it is time now at Tirupati and Tirumala for Congress supporters to break cart loads of coconuts at Alipiri or taking up ‘thanksgiving’ treks up the Tirumala footpath and offering their hair to the Lord at the Kalyanakattas — tonsuring centres to fulfil the vows they had taken before the elections praying for Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s victory.
In the series running for the last one week, on Sunday it was the turn of Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) Chairperson Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy to break 5,000 coconuts at Alipiri, the foot of the Seven Hills.
Assisted by his followers, Reddy who is also an ex-officio member of the TTD Trust Board smashed the coconuts on the granite path after offering the traditional prayers at the Padala Mandapam. In fact it is not the first time that Bhaskar Reddy was on the coconut breaking mission. He said he did so in 2004 also when YSR was elected for the first term.
He says in the next two or three days he along with his followers would be on a mass trek up the Tirumala footpath offering pujas en route to all the steps. On Saturday, an ex-serviceman and a fan of YSR broke 3,700 coconuts at Alipiri before walking up the flight of steps with his family members. A set of youths from Chandragiri on Saturday offered their hair at Alipiri and climbed the flight of steps to Tirumala to express their gratitude to the Lord for electing Galla Arunakumari for another term.
Another batch has set out on Saturday on a padayatra to Tirumala from Vayalpadu, Chief Whip Kirankumar Reddy’s constituency on a similar mission. Mr. Reddy romped home in the recent polls despite all odds.
In the same vein, Congress and YSR-zealots have also put up tents at street corners in many places in the district and offered floral tributes to his father Y.S. Raja Reddy’s portraits on the eve of his 11th death anniversary.
They also took up poor feeding and distribution of fruits.