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Celestial sight: Idols of Lord Venkateswara and his consorts being taken around the Tirumala temple on the Golden Chariot as part of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ on Monday.
Celestial sight: Idols of Lord Venkateswara and his consorts being taken around the Tirumala temple on the Golden Chariot as part of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ on Monday.

Staff Reporter

‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ thrown open to devotees

Devotees observing ‘Govindamala’ vow made a beeline to the temples since the early hours

A host of special rituals and devotional programmes organised

TIRUPATI: While tens of thousands of pilgrims thronged the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala from across the country on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ on Monday, the spill over crowd made all the Vaishnavite temples in Tirupati downhill burst at seams.

Colourfully decorated

The TTD-run temples of Sri Govindaraja, Sri Kalyana Venkateswara (Srinivasa Mangapuram), Prasanna Venkateswara (Appalayagunta), Sri Venugopala (Karvetinagaram), Kalyana Venkateswara (Narayanavanam) were colourfully decorated with a rich variety of flowers befitting the occasion.

Devotees observing the ‘Govindamala’ vow, wearing the traditional yellow robes, made a beeline to the temples even before the break of dawn. Devotees trekking the Tirumala hills offered prayers at the Padala Mandapam at Alipiri. A Kuwait-based NRI Indrakumar Raju presented a silver crown weighing 2.5 kg to the Appalayagunta temple.

The Varadaraja temple maintained by the Jeeyangar Mutt too appeared crowded.

The Kalyana Venkateswara temple at Thummalagunta, built and run by the TUDA Chairman Ch. Bhaskar Reddy, witnessed a heavy rush and the vehicular traffic spilled over to the Tirupati-Chittoor highway. Similarly, the other temple for Kalyana Venkateswara at Settipalle on the other end of the city recently taken over by the Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam too wore a festive look and saw a steady stream of devotees from various places.

Special poojas

Nalgonda Staff Reporter: Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam, Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam and other special rituals and spiritual programmes marked the celebration of Mukkoti Ekadashi (Vaikunta Ekadashi) festival at Yadagirigutta, Mattampalli, Nalgonda and several other places across the district on Monday.

A large number of devotees participated in the Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam ceremony and had the darshan of the temple deity in the early hours of the day amidst cold wave conditions on Yadagirigutta hill shrine.

A host of special rituals and devotional programmes were organised on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi at Sri Seetharamachandra Swamy temple at Ramagiri in Nalgonda. Women devotees performed Kolatam under the supervision of Brahmam Guruji on the occasion. Spiritual discourse by Vishnupriya and other devotional programmes marked the ongoing Dhanurmasotsavam festivities at the temple.

Vikasa Tarangini town unit honorary president T. Sudhakar Rao, the district revenue officer Hanmantha Reddy, the temple committee manager A. Nagi Reddy and others participated in the ceremonies held at the temple.

Devotees from far off places visited the famous Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple at Mattampalli and took part in special poojas and rituals organised in connection with Vaikunta Ekadasi.

Religious fervour

Karimnagar Staff Reporter: The auspicious ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ was celebrated with religious fervour at the historic Sri Laxminarasimha Swamy Devasthanams at Dharmapuri temple on Monday.

Since early morning, several hundreds of devotees from various parts of the State formed serpentine queues to offer prayers to the presiding deities at the temple. People after having a holy dip at the river Godavari participated in other rituals and offered prayers. The temple was colourfully decorated with flowers for the festival.

Collector Sandeep Kumar Sultania, ZP chairman A. Laxman Kumar, legislator K. Eshwar, former Minister J. Ratnakara Rao and others offered prayers at the Dharmapuri temple. In Karimnagar, people formed queues at Venkateshwara Swamy Temple to offer prayers.

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