TTD makes elaborate arrangements to make the programme a grand success

The brides were coy while their grooms sat patiently waiting for the instructions of the priests who were busy arranging the puja samagri for commencement of the rituals.

The auditorium of I.V. Palace at Governorpet was chock-a-block with girls and boys adorned as brides and grooms, all set to enter wedlock as part of the State-sponsored Kalyanamasthu programme.

The Tirumal Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which implemented the mass marriage programme across the State on behalf of the government, made elaborate arrangements at the designated kalyana mandapams to make it a grand success.

A focussed publicity drive that preceded the mass wedding programme apparently bore fruits as a good number of youngsters had their names enrolled for tying the knot collectively.

In Krishna district, 154 couples entered wedlock on this auspicious day, said Collector SAM Rizvi. Mr. Rizvi, along with MLA Tangirala Prabhakara Rao, presided over the ceremony at the Nandigama TTD marriage hall and blessed the couples.

The I.V. Palace was the marriage venue for prospective brides and grooms from Vijayawada East, Vijayawada West and Vijayawada Central constituencies. As many as 37 couples pronounced the marriage vows amidst chanting of mantras here. Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu and officials, who attended the ceremony, presented new clothes and taali to the pairs and blessed them.

At Mylavaram, nine couples entered wedlock at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Kalyana Mandapam. Local MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao gifted household articles worth Rs. 1,116 to each of the couple while former MLA J. Ramesh gave cash Rs. 1,116 to each to the newly-wed pairs.

At Pamaru, local MLA D.Y. Das and ZPTC and MPP members attended the wedding of eight couples. The local ZP chairman gave a cash of Rs. 500 to each of the couple.

At SVV Kalyana Mandapam in Jaggayyapet, local MLA Sriram Tataiah visited the venue along with his wife and blessed the 21 couples who tied the nuptial knot.

He presented new clothes to the pairs. Other gifts the newly-wedded couples received were steel pots, plates and glasses sponsored by Madras Cements, steel pots by Lorry Owners' Association, and steel buckets by the Lions Club members. MDO Jaychandra gave cash of Rs. 200 to each couple. Former minister Nettam Raghuram and former MLA Samineni Udayabhanu were also present. Similarly, 17 couples tied the knot at Devangula kalyana mandapam in Pedana, six in Vuyyuru TTD kalyana mandapam under Penamaluru constituency, four in Avanigadda, 10 in Kaikaluru, 11 in Machilipatnam, three in Nuzvid, two in Thiruvuru, four in Gannavaram and 13 in Gudivada.

`Kalyanamasthu', the program of mass marriages, was successfully organized by TTD. A total of 161 couples got married in Guntur (69), Narsaraopet (59) and Tenali (33) divisions. Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, Zilla Parishad chairperson K. Vijaya and In-charge Collector A. Sarath blessed the couples in Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple at Brundavan Gardens here.