Nasik(Maharastra), 25 Jan 2012(P.R.O ) The famous temple city of Nasik in Maharastra has been captivated by the charm of the celestial wedding of the deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy (Lord Venkateswara) with His two Consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi on Wednesday evening.

The Bhonsle Military Grounds in Nasik witnessed heavy influx of local devotees who thronged to see the grand divine wedding “Srinivasa Kalyanamahotsavam” of the deities performed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

Among the series of Srinivasa Kalyanams performed by TTD in the state of Maharastra, the temple city of Nasik witnessed the 103rd Kalyanam. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams with an aim to widespread the Hindu Sanathana Dharma has planned this “Divine Wedding” outside the Tirumala temple not only in the state of Andhra Pradesh but in all major cities across the country. The “Srinivasa Kalyanams” not alone spread bhakti in nook and corner of the country but also promoted spiritual values in masses especially among the youth.

The team of archakas headed by Agama scholar Sri Sundaravandanacharaya and Vadiyar Purohit Sri Kadri Venkatacharya performed the celestial marriage which began with Vishwaksena Aradhana by 6.30pm followed by Punyahavachanam, Ankurarpana, Kanakana Dharana, Agni Pratistha, Mahajana Sankalpam and later the deities are adorned with new silk vastrams. This ritual was followed by Kanayadanam and finally the much awaited moment Mangalya Dharana ceremony.

The glory of the divine wedding enhanced with the devotional music songs rendered by the artistes of TTD’s Annamacharya Project and local devotional bhajan artistes. The grand celestial wedding came to an end with Nakshatra Harati followed by Kumbha Harati and Maha Aradhana. The Honourable local Member of Parliament Sri Sameer Bhujbal, Mumbai local advisory committee members Smt Geetha Kasturi, Sri Sameer Mehta, local philanthropists Sri Sudhir Pathak, Sri Nemichand Poddar was also present.

The Celestial marriage has provided a spectacle to the eyes of millions of devotees who converged to witness the colourful wedding ceremony of “Mighty Lord Venkateswara” and sanctified their lives.


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