Religious fervour marked the ‘Ankurarpanam’ festival observed on Monday at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara. The event comprised of nine types of holy seeds in earthen containers being sown in holy soil (Mrisangrahana.
The festival marked prelude to the nine-day saga of spiritual and devotional elixir, the annual Salakatla Brahmotsavams slated to begin at the hill temple with ‘Dwajarohanam’ on Tuesday. The entire town wore a festive look. The main temple complex was decorated with flowers and illuminated with colourful lights. Huge electrical cut-outs, depicting various images of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi were erected at focal points where the pilgrim congregation was huge. The TTD has also pressed into use, huge digital mobile screens to provide a clear depiction of the daily processions.
Over half a dozen caparisoned elephants, horses and bulls were also commissioned for the daily processions of the Lord. Scores of bhajan troops, particularly from the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra have already landed at Tirumala .
Thousands of Sri Vari Seva volunteers come to the temple town . Besides augmenting the drinking water supply to all cottages and guest houses, ensure power cut free environment vthe TTD as made elaborate arrangements at its massive Nitya Annadanam complex to provide free food to all visiting pilgrims.
Sri K.Bapi Raju, Chairman, TTDs, Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, Joint Executive Officer, Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, CV&SO, Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Addl CV&SO, Sri Munirathnam Reddy, DyEO(Temple), Sri Venkataiah, Peishkar, Sri Doraswamy Naik, Parpathyedar and others were present.