Rampachodavaram records the highest number of 375 marriages
As many as 601 couples united in wedlock in East Godavari district during the ‘Kalyanamasthu' free mass marriage programme organised jointly by the State government and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in the revenue divisional headquarters on Friday.
Rampachodavaram division recorded highest number of marriages in the district, where 375 couples got united during the programme.
It was followed by Peddapuram division with 91 marriages, Rajahmundry with 50 marriages, Amalapuram with 47 marriages and Kakinada revenue division with 38 marriages.
The ‘Muhurtam' for the marriages was fixed as between 9.32 a.m. and 10.04 a.m. by the priests of the TTD. Besides providing free lunch to the couples and their relatives, the government and the TTD presented golden ‘Mangalasutram,' toe rings made of silver for the bride and new clothes to both bride and the groom. District Collector M. Ravi Chandra monitored the arrangements, while Minister for Stamps and Registrations Tota Narasimham blessed the couples at Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple here and presented Rs. 1,000 cash and new clothes each to all the seven couples entered into the wedlock.
All the couples were given tokens for free darshan of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
Mr. Narasimham said that the State government was conducting the free mass marriages for the last four years for the benefit of the poor, who were being thrown into the debt traps after performing the marriages of their wards.
‘In Rajahmundry the ‘Kalyanamastu' programme evolved very poor response with only 10 couples getting married in the Rajahmundry Assembly constituency and 52 in the entire Revenue Division.
MLAs Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao, Chandana Ramesh, Mayor Adireddy Veeraraghavamma, Corporator Varre Srinivasa Rao and others participated in this programme. RDO P. Ramachandra Murthy handed over new clothes, ‘tali', ‘mettelu' and other articles to bride and the groom . Archaka Swamis from TTD and local priests performed mass marriages .410 marriages performed
Kalyanamasthu, a mass marriage programme went off peacefully in the district.
As many as 410 marriages were performed in all the 10 constituencies. Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao blessed the newly-wedded couples in Srikakulam.
He distributed marriage registration certificates and tokens for free darshan of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
Amid moderate showers to heavy down pour at times, chanting of Vedic hymns and beating of drums, 877 couples entered into wedlock as per Hindu tradition atthe nine Assembly constituencies in the district on Friday.
Minister for Transport Botcha Satyanarayana participated in the programme at Salu and Cheepurupalli, blessed the newly-wed couples and offered them new clothes.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said at Salur that the annual event under the aegis of TTD was being performed for the benefit of poor and downtrodden people, and conveyed his best wishes to the newly-wed couples.
Salur MLA P. Rajanna Dora accompanied him.
At Cheepurupalli, he blessed 34 couples and offered clothes and utensils to each of them.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson B. Chandrasekhar, and Vizianagaram RDO Rajakumari were present.
The ‘Muhurtam' for the marriages was fixed between 9.32 a.m. and 10.04 a.m. The programme is being conducted for the benefit of the poor for the last four years
The ‘Muhurtam' for the marriages was fixed between 9.32 a.m. and 10.04 a.m.
The programme is being conducted for the benefit of the poor for the last four years