‘Vaikuntha pranganam’ being created on 25 acres of land
ONGOLE: The TTD is making arrangements on Guntur road here to enable an estimated 1.5 lakh devotees to witness Srinivasa kalyanam and ‘laksha galarchana’ programme on July 18. The Magunta Charitable Trust is lending its helping hand to conduct the event.
They have chosen 25 acres of land opposite Papa Rice Mill for the purpose. They are clearing thorny bushes to convert the vacant land into ‘Vikuntha pranganam’. Some 5,000 workers are working incessantly on the land.
A 100x200 feet dais is being constructed to seat 2,000 persons, artistes, priests, organisers, VIPs etc. A replica of Ananda Nilayam, the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, is being created on the dais under the direction of art director Ashok.
The TTD is deputing its priests to perform the kalyanam. TTD chairman Adikesavulu Naidu will attend.
Speaking to newspersons here, Ongole MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy said that the processional deities would arrive from Tirumala on July 17 and would be kept at TTD kalyanamandapam. The ceremonies would start with ‘suprabhatam’ at 5 a.m. on July 18. The deities would later be taken to the venue at 2 p.m. in a procession in which several bhajan troupes from the district would participate.
‘Laksha galarchana’ would start at 4 p.m. at the venue in which some one lakh people would render Annamayya kirtans. Kalyanam would be performed from 6 p.m.
Mr. Reddy said that arrangements were being made to prepare packets with ‘prasadam’ and ‘pasupu kunkuma’ and they would be given to all the participants at the entrance itself. Separate entrances and seating arrangements were provided for women, old and handicapped persons.