Special Correspondent

Arrangements apace for the event

Over one lakh to witness the kalyanam

Bhajan troupe to lead procession

ONGOLE: About one lakh persons are expected to witness Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam being performed by Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams at police parade grounds here from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 26.

Magunta Subbarami Reddy memorial charitable trust is making the arrangements. Ongole MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy told newspersons here on Thursday that 50 workers had come from Chennai to construct the stage measuring 150 x 80 x 4.5 feet for the purpose.

About 60 workers were engaged by cine art director Ashok to make a replica of Tirumala temple with models of Jaya, Vijaya, Sankhu, Chakra, Garuda and Anjaneya donning it.

Expert workers were brought from Bangalore for flower decoration using 50 different kinds of flowers. Four big screens and 18 plasma television sets were arranged in the grounds to enable all devotees to witness kalyanam from all sides. Mr. Srinivasulu Reddy appealed to people to avail the opportunity to witness Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam being performed by TTD priests on the same lines as in Tirumala.

Idols from Tirupati

The utsav idols from Tirupati would be brought here and stay at TTD kalyanamandapam here on Friday night. The priests would perform all sevas for utsav idols in the morning. The idols would be taken in a procession from kalyanamandapam to the police parade grounds at 2 p.m. About 1000 members of bhajana troupe would lead the procession. Sobha Raj would render Annamaya kirtans at the venue from 4 p.m. and kalyanam would begin from 6 p.m.

Mr. Srinivasulu Reddy said that about 25,000 persons were expected to take passes for whom seating arrangements were made. Those without passes were also welcome to witness the kalyanam. The passes were being issued at TTD kalyanamandapam, he said.

Felicitations

Affiliated college principals, secretaries and correspondents will felicitate Acharya Nagarjuna University Vice-Chancellor Y.R. Hara Gopal Reddy and former Vice-Chancellor V. Balamohandas at SSN Engineering College here at 10 a.m. on July 26.