Special Correspondent

TTD help sought for development of Kapparada temple

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is expecting to perform 10,000 marriages during the fourth phase of Kalyanamastu, the free mass marriage programme, to be held in all Assembly segments in the State on November 2.

Some 7,000 marriages have been performed during the third phase of Kalyanamastu held on March 9 and the number would increase for the fourth phase, a member of TTD trust board M. Anjaiah told media persons here on Tuesday. Chairman of TTD D.K. Adikesavulu would visit Visakhapatnam on October 16 and would address an awareness meeting on Kalyanamastu at Kalabharati.

Honorary secretary of the Visakhapatnam District Dharmika Salaha Mandali, which is formed by TTD to conduct Kalyanamastu and other programmes, G.R.K. Prasad and president S. Vijay Kumar requested the TTD to help in the improvement of the Vaibhava Venkateswara Swamy temple at Kapparada in the city. Dr. Anjaiah said he would take up the issue with the TTD authorities.

He said TTD had initiated many programme and plans to provide better service to the pilgrims at Tirupati temple and also welfare programmes for its employees.

TTD was also helping in renovation of old temples and upkeep of temples that lacked income.

A Divya Kshetram was being planned in Karnataka while a Yagam was being held in Tamil Nadu to invoke the blessings of the rain god and provide relief to the drought-hit State.

TTD would provide two golden Taalibottus, silver Mattelu, new clothes to the bride and bridegroom, “kankanalu”, copy of a book explaining the importance of marriage and all other material required for a marriage to every couple that is getting married at Kalyanamastu.

It would also provide priest, band, etc. and lunch to a limited member of relatives and friends of the newly weds. Special Pooja would be performed by keeping the Taalibottu, Mattelu and other material to be given during Kalyanamastu, at the feet of idol of Sri Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala temple before distributing them to various marriage venues in the State. After marriage, the newly-weds along with their parents would be provided accommodation on the Tirumala hill and cellar darshan of the Lord.

The bride and bridegroom, who wish to get married during Kalyanamastu, must have completed 18 years and 21 years respectively and have belief in Hinduism and the Hindu way of marriage. They must submit an affidavit that they were majors and their parents have given their consent for the marriage.

They must get registered for the marriage by submitting applications at the TTD Kalyanamandapams or the TTD Information Centres located in their respective districts, or at the offices of the RDO, MDO, Tahsildar or Sarpanch on or before October 21. Copy of ID card, ration card or voter’s ID card must be enclosed along with the application.

Mandali president S. Vijaya Kumar was also present.