The Akhila Bharatha Sreemad Bhagavatha Mahasathra Nirvahana Samithy of Alappuzha in Kerala will take out a ‘Maha Bhagavatha rath yatra' on March 18 from Sri Nava Narasimha Swamy temple at Ahobilam in Kurnool district to Thuravoor temple of Sri Narasimha Murthy and Sri Maha Sudarshana Murthy in Alappuzha.
The rath yatra will carry a 20-kg silver idol of Sri Krishna, presented by scholar Prema Panduranga, and a Sreemad Bhagavatha Puranam text to be used in the Sathram, sanctified in Ahobilam. It will be received at various temples such as Mookambika and Guruvayoor en route before it reaches the Thuravoor temple. This was sated by the general convenor of the samiti and president of Thuravoor Mahakshetra Bhakthajana Samiti T.G. Padmanabhan Nair here on Saturday.
Sri Narasimha Avatar was believed to have originated at Ahobilam and Sri Ramana and Lakshmana took a darshan during their search for Sita after her abduction by demon-king Ravana, he said.
A chariot with the golden idol of Sri Guruvayoorappan to be placed in the 29th Mahasathra mantapam for which a one lakh sq. ft. pandal was put up, would proceed from Guruvayoor on March 25 and processions with the flag for the satram ceremony will start on March 27 from Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram and Sabarimala respectively, he said.
All the processions will converge at Thuravoor, about 25 km from Kochi, along with the idols of Sri Krishna brought in processions from 108 temples of Alleppey district on April 1 and will proceed to the Sathra mantapam and for the inaugurations, Mr. Padmanabhan Nair said. Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswami, Central Ministers and prominent personalities will participate in mahasathram to be conducted from April 2 to 14.
Thousands of devotees will participate in the spiritual event in which 72 scholars will deliver discourses in English, Telugu, Malayalam and other languages, Mr. Nair said. Mr. Nair and publicity convenor S. Sreeni appealed to devotees from all over the country to take part in the spiritual event.