VASANTHOTSAVAM BEGINS ON A COLOURFUL NOTE
Tirumala , Apr 04 :
The three-day annual Vasanthotsavam of Lord Venkateswara commenced on a colourful note with priests performing the ritual in a traditional manner at Vasantha Mandapam here on Wednesday.
Lord Malayappa Swamy and His Consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi were taken out in a procession from Srivari temple to Vasantha Mandapam.
The priests performed Snapana Tirumanjanam amidst religious fervour.
At 6.00 pm, the Lord and His Consorts were taken out in a procession around the four mada streets.
TTD chairman K Bapiraju, executive officer LV Subra-manyam, CVSO MK Singh, ACV&SO Siva Kumar Reddy, DyE.O( Temple) Munirathnam Reddy, peishkar Chandrasekhar Pillai and thousands of devotees participated.
In view of annual Vasanthotsavam, the TTD has decided to change the reporting time of Suprabhata Seva on April 6.
The pilgrims who purchased the Suprabhata Seva ticket and Udayasthamana Seva ticket, grihastas are requested to report at VQC1 by i am on April 6 and also requested to make note of the change in timings.
Bapiraju inspects Galigopuram:
Bapiraju inspected Galigopuram on the Alipiri footpath route on Wednesday and personally enquired about the amenities being provided to the pilgrims by the TTD.
Pilgrims expressed satisfaction over the facilities being provided by the TTD and made some suggestions.
The chairman directed the officials to arrange seating facility near Sudarshan token issuing counters on the footpath route for trekkers to rest for a while.
He asked the TTD medical officials to improve the amenities in the dispensary located at Galigopuram and also provide ambulance facility in case of an emergency.
He directed the engineering and Annaprasa-dam officials to construct a store room and catering room so that pilgrims can be provided with free breakfast with coffee and tea and serve free meals during noon and night in the vast empty area located near Galigopuram.
He also visited VQC 1 and enquired the pilgrims about the amenities.
CVSO MK Singh, SE II Ramesh Reddy, EE Jagan-mohan Reddy, DyEO Gaja-pathi and catering officer Shastry were also present.