The 30th Akhila Bharatha Sreemad Bhagavatha Mahasatram will begin in Guruvayur on Friday.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanaswamy and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal will inaugurate the 10-day Mahasatram.

Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi will inaugurate a programme ‘Gopika Sangamam’ on April 1. A procession, carrying a golden idol of Lord Krishna, has been taken out from Mathura, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, to Guruvayur. It has travelled through such places as Vrindavan, Govardhan Giri and major temples in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The procession is expected to reach Guruvayur on March 29.

The idol will be worshipped at the venue of the Mahasatram. Processions from 500 temples across Kerala, including the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, too will reach Guruvayur on March 29.