TTD makes elaborate arrangements for the fete
TIRUPATI: The nine-day annual Brahmotsavam of Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara, will be celebrated in a grand way at her abode in Tiruchanur here from Friday. The event signifies her appearance on the earth.
The history of Tiruchanur, also called Alamelu Mangapuram, dates back to 830 AD, which can be found in an inscription in the Tirumala temple. Pilgrims, since time immemorial, follow the age-old custom of visiting this temple before trekking the Tirumala hills for a glimpse of the Lord. As the fete falls in the auspicious month of `Kartheeka', the temple witnesses heavy flow of devotees from across the State and the bordering areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
`Ankurarpanam', an initiatory ritual, was performed at the temple on Thursday by priests. `Laksha Kumkumarchana' was performed later, when priests showered `kumkum' on the deity continuously, amid chanting of hymns, that totalled to lakh times.
The beginning of the fete will be formally signalled by the hoisting of a flag atop the temple flagpost on Friday. While the flag at Tirumala has an image of `Garuda', this festival will witness hoisting of the flag which has the image of an elephant, the favourite celestial carrier of the Goddess. Mythologically, the event is meant to extend an invitation to the demi-gods and other celestial beings to the grand gala fete. `Chakra Snanam' or `Panchami Theertham' will be performed on the last day, when tens of thousands of devotees converge and take a holy dip in the `pushkarini' (temple tank).
Meanwhile, the TTD has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the fete. TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy has announced that 40,000 devotees will be fed on `Panchami Theertham' day.
The health and engineering staff will be put on alert to maintain sanitation in and around the temple, he added.
The TTD is also conducting an exhibition of fruits and vegetables at the Tholappa Gardens and a photo exhibition at Asthana Mandapam to recap the historical events associated with the temple.