ANDHRA PRADESH

Sri Ranga Ramanuja is Pedda Jeeyangar

TIRUMALA, FEB. 26. `Guru pooja mahotsavam' was organised at the Sri Venkateswara Vedapatasala, Tirumala, today marking the ascending of Sri Ranga Ramanuja Jeeyar to the Peetham (position) of TTD's Pedda Jeeyangar.

Adding colour to the programme was the valedictory function of the 15-day `Sanskrit conversation training programme'. Besides the 400 students of S.V. Veda Patasala and over 500 students of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati, a galaxy of VIPs and prominent personalities including the readers, professors and Vedic scholars apart from the TT top brass -- Executive Officer, Ajeya Kallam, the two JEO's P. Balasubramanyam and J. Appa Rao -- participated in the function.

In course of is address, Sri Ranga Ramanuja Pedda Jeeyar, said that he would continue the ancient tradition of performing daily rituals to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara on the lines of `Vaikhanasa-Agama sastras and would strive to protect the rich heritage of the ancient Hill temple.

Recollecting his association with the S.V. Veda Patasala, which he initially joined as a student and later held the post of a lecture before being finally elevated to the post of the principal, he said that he was blessed to get the rare opportunity of serving the Lord as Pedda Jeeyangar of TTD temples.

The TTD Chairman, D.K. Audikesavulu, said that he too would strive to protect the tradition, Vedic culture and historical importance of the sacred temple town. On behalf of the Srinivasa seva trust which is headed by him, he would put in his efforts to develop a spiritual peetham in the premise of the veda patasala.

The TTD Board member and the Director General (research and information system for the non-aligned and other developed countries), V.R. Punchamukhi said that `Sanskrit' was the mother of all languages. It was heartening to note that the TTD had conducted Sanskrit conversation training programme bringing in a kind of recognition to the mother language. The Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetah, Tirupati, spoke.