Annual Brahmotsavam at Tiruchanoor begins
Tirupati , April 30 :
The three-day annual Salakatla Padmavathi Parinayotsavam was off to a colourful start at Narayanagiri Gardens in Tirumala on Monday evening.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has cancelled arjitha sevas like Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasantotsavam, and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva from Monday to Wednesday following the festival.
The processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy was taken to the Narayanagiri Gardens on Gaja Vahanam on the first day, while his two consorts
adorned with special jewels followed him to the tastefully decorated Narayanagiri Gardens on palanquins.
Traditional events which are usually performed during the Hindu weddings including welcoming each other (Edurkolu), throwing of floral balls by bride and bridegroom at each other (Pubantata) have been performed to the feast of eyes of thousands of pilgrims who converged in the gardens to witness the celestial fete daring heavy downpour.
The Dharma Prachara Parishad and Annamacharya Project organised cultural and devotional programmes in the gardens on the occasion.
At the end of the celestial wedding, fire crackers were burnt in the open area which stood as a special attraction for the entire programme.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, TTD EO L.V. Subrahmanyam, JEO Srinivasa Raju and other senior TTD officials and devotees took part in the event.