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TTD gearing itself for mass marriages, releases logo

SERVING A SOCIAL CAUSE: TTD officials releasing the logo for `Samoohika Uchitha Vivahalu' in Tirupati on Thursday. TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy, Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma and others are seen. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

SERVING A SOCIAL CAUSE: TTD officials releasing the logo for `Samoohika Uchitha Vivahalu' in Tirupati on Thursday. TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy, Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma and others are seen. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar  



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To perform 50,000 marriages on February 22

Plan to perform one lakh weddings every year Couples required to get consent from parents

TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on Thursday released the logo for its `Kalyanamasthu' programme under which it proposed to perform one lakh marriages free of cost every year to eligible couples in the State in one or two phases.

In the first phase slated for February 22, the TTD plans perform 50,000 weddings in all the constituencies of the State. TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakara Reddy, its Executive Officer A.P.V. Narayana Sarma and others participated in the logo-release function for the mammoth programme aimed at serving a social cause.

Corpus fund

With an exclusive corpus fund to be floated for the purpose, the TTD will give the bride free gold `thalibottu' weighing one gram each, a pair of `mattelu', wedding clothes to the couple and food for 10 persons from each side. The weddings will be performed either at the TTD `kalyanamandapams' or at one at prominent local temples.

The Chairman and the EO told mediapersons that the `thalibottlu' would be placed at feet of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala before being sent to their destinations.

Prospective couples were required collect application forms from the TTD Kalyanamandapam in their respective districts and submit them along with an affidavit signed by their parents that they were not minors and that the wedding had their consent.

The applications and the proforma of the affidavits would be available at the `kalyanamandapams'.

The TTD has appealed to all elected representatives to become partners with the TTD in its initiative.

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