Scores of couples enter wedlock under TTD' s programme
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy wishes the couples a happy married life Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao distributes `mangal sutras' and rings
VIJAYAWADA: Thursday turned out to be a special day for 22 couples here, as they entered the holy wedlock in a unique manner by spreading among youngsters the message about the importance of a simple marriage sans frills and expenditure.
The couples began a new phase of their lives by swearing to remain loyal to each other at the State-wide `Kalyanamastu' programme of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which was organised at the TTD kalyanamandapam behind the All India Radio.
Bhimavaram's G. Durga Prasad, who married Vijayawada's Chandu Ramadevi, felt the need for more and more people to undergo simple marriages, as too much money was being spent to perform the marriages lavishly, which was forcing the bride's parents to heavily borrow. "The entire savings of bride's parents evaporate in thin air by performing daughter's marriage, which I think is avoidable," he felt.
Though shorn of extravaganza, the marriages had everything that the scriptures ordained -- hymns and vedic chants signifying the sacredness of the Hindu marriage, the holy fire, the lord's presence in the form of idols on the dais and so on.
Scholar Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha Sastry, TTD vedic pandit Dentukuri Lakshmi Narasimha Somayaji, priest Gopalacharyulu and six other scholars conducted the marriages.
TTD board member Chadalavada Sudha, along with her husband and physician Ch. Nageswara Rao, blessed the couples. She said 154 couples entered the wedlock in Krishna district.
Ch. Prakash Babu, the Krishna district in-charge of the event, read out the message from Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, wishing the couples a happy married life.
GUNTUR: Scores of couples across the district entered into wedlock at the special mass marriages programme of the TTD held at various temples in the district on Thursday. According to the TTD managing board member Janga Krishnamurthy, who was personally present here to bless the newly wed couples and present them with marriage certificates, 127 couples availed the opportunity at 13 centres in the district.
In Guntur city 14 couples tied the nuptial knot at TTD Kalyana Mandapam. Among them were, couples belonging to different castes, employees of the State Government and professionals.
Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Congress MLC nominee Rayapati Srinivas distributed `mangal sutras' and rings to the couples. Zilla Parishad chairperson Kuchipudi Vijaya and Andhra Pradesh Grandhyala Samithi chairman Kuchipudi Sambasiva Rao were present.