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Decking up: Priests giving harathi to the idols of Lord Govindaraja and His two Consorts during the Jyesthabhishekam ceremony in Tirupati on Tuesday.
Decking up: Priests giving harathi to the idols of Lord Govindaraja and His two Consorts during the Jyesthabhishekam ceremony in Tirupati on Tuesday.

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Consorts of Lord Govindarajaswamy - Sridevi, Bhoodevi – displayed

TIRUPATI: Numerous devotees had the rare spectacle on Tuesday of seeing the deities of the Lord Govindarajaswamy and His two Consorts—Sridevi and Bhoodevi without their conventional armours (kavachalu) on.

The gleaming golden armours covering the icons all year round are removed only for three days in a year during the ‘Jyesthabhishekam’ performed for the ‘unarmoured’ deities during the month of June-July.

The fete got underway in the TTD’s Govindarajaswamy temple here on Sunday. On the first day of the 3-day fete the array of armours were taken off the icons of the processional deities and a celestial bath was given to them amid chanting of hymns from the scriptures.

Cleansing ritual

On the second day the armours were cleansed both physically and spiritually by the priests during an elaborate ritual.

On the third day, i.e. Tuesday after a ‘snapana thirumanjanam’ to the deities, the purified armours were re-adorned to the deities ending the annual ritual.

Preventing corrosion

It is a general practice in the temples to put armours – kavachams to icons so that they shied the ‘panchaloha’ idols from wear and tear due to the periodical abhishekams performed to them using a range of pooja items like milk, honey, fruit jam, curd, sandalwood paste which tend to corrode the centuries old idols.

Spiritual fervour marked the conclusion of the fete in the Govindarajaswamy temple.

Thousands witnessed the procession of the deities with their armours on. TTD’s Executive Officer, K.V. Ramanachary participated in the rituals and later led the procession.

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