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Procession of ‘Surya Prabha vahanam’delights devotees at Tirumala

Religious fervour: Lord Malayappa being taken out on ‘Surya Prabha vahanam’ at Tirumala on Sunday.

Religious fervour: Lord Malayappa being taken out on ‘Surya Prabha vahanam’ at Tirumala on Sunday.  

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Cultural programmes precede the colourful event

Spiritual ecstasy marked the procession of ‘Surya Prabha vahanam’ on Sunday at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara where the annual Brahmotsavams are under way.

Lord Malayappa, dressed in fine silk attires and seated atop the beaming golden Surya Prabha in the yoga mudra posture was taken out in a grand procession much to the delight of thousands of devotees who assembled on either side of the mada streets. The Bihu dance by members of Sri Srinivasa Yuva Bhajan Mandali from Chikmagalur, Chanda melam by artistes of Palimar mutt in Karnataka and Pandava folk dance by the cultural troop from Uttarakhand that preceded the royal parade were the cynosure of all eyes.

The day was also marked by special rituals like Snapana Thirumanjanam to the deities and presentation of golden umbrella by the erstwhile mirasidars of Kalyanakatta. The golden umbrella, which will be fixed atop the mammoth wooden chariot for Rathotsavam on Monday, was taken around the mada streets in a grand procession before finally handing over to the authorities.

Unjal seva

This was followed by Unjal seva wherein the deities were put on a silver swing and gently rocked by the priests to the mellifluous music played by the musicians besides rendition of Annamaiah kritiks by vocal artistes. The day came to an end with the procession of Chandraprabha vahanam in the night.

Meanwhile, TTD Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel (SVBC) Chairman Balireddy Prudhviraj said that efforts were on to launch the Kannada channel in the next six months. Meanwhile, the TTD has resolved to dispense with the issuance of footpath and Dharma darshan tokens till October 14.

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