Metlotsavam performed along Tirumala footpath
TIRUPATI,’MARCH 18 :
Over 5,000 devotees from all over India, particularly from the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and AP, thronged Alipiri, the foot of Tirumala hills, in the early hours of Sunday, and performed Metlotsavam (Worship of steps along the pedestrian route) from Alipiri to Tirumala, amidst profuse chanting of Vedic hymns and rendering of bhajans.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) administered Hindu Dharma Pr-achara Parishad wing and the Annamacharya Project guided the mass and colour ful festival.
Over 50 bhajan troupes consisting of woman devotees and expert folk artistes performed their genre en route Tirumala.
Earlier, the devotees converged at the TTD’s choultry near railway station and took out a massive demonstration up to the foothills. Hundreds of devotees lit camphor at each step and smeared vermil-lion and turmeric, chanting the Govinda Namam. The TTD arranged distribution of anna prasadams and butter milk packets to the devotees.
Annamacharya Project director Medasani Mohan performed special pujas at the Padala Mandapam at Tirupati, before commencing the trek to Tirumala. The event was held in commemoration of the 509th death anniversary of the 16th century saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharya, the ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara and who rendered thousands of san-keerthanas in praise of the Lord.