Hundreds of devotees throng Sri Astalakshmi temple premises
Rajahmundry: Amidst chanting of hymns by Ramanuja Jeeyers, joined by chief priests from Srirangam Ranganatha temple in Tamil Nadu, installation ceremony of Lord Sri Ranganatha Swami was done from the early hours of Wednesday. Religious gaiety and fervour marked the occasion with hundreds of devotees thronging Sri Astalakshmi temple premises, where Asia's longest Periya Perumal idol (26 feet) was installed.
The temple chief priest Sriman Panchangam Venkata Rangacharyulu, Trust Board chairman Gurram Srinivasulu and secretary Devisetty L.J. Varaprasad and other members of the Board attended.
`Prana Pratista' of the monolithic idol was done at 7.21 a.m. in the early hours of Wednesday in the presence of Sri Sri Tridandi Sriranga Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami, Kakinada.
`Netravishkarana', special Homam, Yantra Sthapana, Astadikpalaka Garuda Visarjanam and other rituals including ablutions were performed from the wee hours and devotees were allowed for first darshan of Periya Perumal around 11 a.m. Main priests from Srirangam have brought `Satari' and Seshavastram to Swami on Tuesday night in a procession.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the convenience of devotees, who turned up in large scale.