Andhra Pradesh

Sun rays enter temple a day before Surya Puja festival

Sun rays enter Vedanarayana Swamy temple at Nagulapuram on Tuesday.Photo: By Arrangement  

On the eve of the five-day Surya Puja Mahotsavam at Lord Vedanarayanaswamy Temple at Nagalapuram in the district, the sun rays fell inside the temple on Tuesday evening and the phenomenon will assume several interesting phases with the rays shifting from the feet of the Lord’s idol at the sanctum sanctorum to the navel (nabhi) point with each day till March 29.

The rays are expected to fall at the feet of the idol on Wednesday evening. The presiding deity here is worshipped as the protector of sacred Vedas in the ‘Mastya avatar’ (fish).

The TTD is celebrating the five-day Surya Puja Mahotsavam. The officials have released the publicity posters for the auspicious event, which will draw huge crowds from all over Chittoor, Nellore districts and several parts bordering Tamil Nadu. The Surya Puja Mahotsavam will be conducted from March 25 to 29. The temple saw its golden time during the time of Emperor Sri Krishna Devaraya in the 16th century. The priests said that this astronomical wonder was witnessed at this west-phased temple in the evenings, while the same will happen at the Konark temple in Odisha during the morning session.

Surya Puja darshan will be from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on everyday during the festival, followed by Thiruveedhi Utsavam (procession of deities through the temple streets) on all days of the puja. Similarly, the Theppotsavam (float festival) will be celebrated for three days from March 26 to 28. Over 50 police personnel were deployed for monitoring the crowd of devotees.

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