Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala spruced up for annual Brahmotsavams

A view of the illuminated temple complex in Tirumala.

A view of the illuminated temple complex in Tirumala.  

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TTD dispenses with ‘arjitha sevas’, limits issuance of ₹300 darshan tickets

The temple of Lord Venkateswara has been spruced up for the conduct of the nine-day annual Brahmotsavams scheduled to begin with ‘Dwajarohanam’ on Monday.

With Dasara holidays coinciding with the festival, the temple administration is expecting a huge pilgrim turnout and is leaving no stone unturned in meeting their requirements.

The temple complex has been illuminated with electrical bulbs and the thoroughfares dotted with huge electrical images of Lord Venkateswara, Goddess Padmavati, the images of Dasavatharas of Lord Vishnu and Lord Atti Varadar of Kanchipuram.

The administration, besides dispensing with the various ‘arjitha sevas’ performed inside the temple, also limited the issuance of ₹300 darshan tickets and confined the VIP darshan only to protocol dignitaries.

Other darshan formats like those extended to special and senior citizens and parents with infants also stand cancelled.

Accommodation

The TTD has also dispensed with the advance reservation of cottages and guest houses, and resolved to provide accommodation only on first come, first served basis.

About 21 giant-sized LED screens have been set up along the mada streets, and 13 more at other pivotal points, to help the devout have a glimpse of the two-time daily processions of the Lord on various ‘vahanams’ (carriers).

There shall be uninterrupted supply of free food packets, water and buttermilk sachets to the devotees waiting in the queue lines, and the Nitya Annadanam Complex will work for additional hours during the festival period.

Additional number of barbers have been roped in on piece rate system to minimise the waiting time as well as the ordeal of the pilgrims.

A buffer stock of seven lakh laddus will be maintained on all the days of the festival.

RTC services

The APSRTC will operate over 2,200 services daily, and an additional 800 round trips on the day of Garuda seva.

The important rituals include Dwajarohanam on September 30, Gaurda seva (October 4), Golden chariot (October 5), Rathotsavam (October 7), and Chakrasnanam (October 8).

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