Tirumala, Dec 02, 2012 (P.R.O): The Karthika  Vanabhojanotsavam has been  celebrated with religious fervour in Tirumala on Sunday.

Earlier during the day, in the wake of Karthika  Vanabhojanotsavam, the temple priests performed Visesha Samarpana to the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and His consorts. After tastefully decorating the deities, they were brought to Vahana Mandapam. Samarpana was again performed here and later the processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy seated on small Gaja Vahanam while the processional deities of Sridevi and Bhudevi were taken out to Paruveta Mandapam in a colourful procession on separate Ivory palanquin. Bhajan troupes, children in the guise of deities stood as a special attraction all along the route from Vahana Mandapam to Paruveta Mandapam.

Later Snapana Tirumanjanam has been performed with religious fervour to the utsava murthies at Paruveta Mandapam between 10.30am to 12.30pm. The deities were seated on a huge golden platform and Tirumanajanam was performed first with spices water followed by milk, curd, honey, coconut water, turmeric paste and finally sandal paste was applied to the deities. Later the deities who were draped in white silk clothes were adorned with Tulsi garlands and the priests in the presence of Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar and Chinna Jiyangar and other officials offered Nakshatra Arti and special arti to the deities marking the completion of the Tirumanjanam ceremony. Later the deities were decorated in colourful silk vastrams and dazzling diamonds studded gold jewels and were seated on a special mandapam inside Paruveta Mandapam.

The holy hills reverberated with the chanting of “Govinda Namas” of the pilgrims who thronged to witness the colourful ceremony. Later all the TTD officials and pilgrims took part in the community dining-Karthika Vanabhojanam festival amidst the green woods.

Later speaking to media persons the TTD Joint EO Tirumala Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju said, “This festival which was introduced by Sri Tallapaka Pedda Tirumalacharya in the 15 th  century. This festival has been revived by TTD two years ago. During the holy month of karthika it is a tradition in our country to dine in community called “Sahapankthi Bhojanam” leaving aside all the differences. Today in the abode of Lord Venkateswara, in this green wood, we are celebrating Karthika Vanabhojanotsavam in a big way after Snapana Tirumanjanam”, he added.

Later the kirtans sung by Annamacharya project artistes and Harikatha Parayanam stood as special attractions to the pilgrims on this festive occasion.

CVSO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, ACVSO Sri Shivakumar Reddy, Annamacharya Project Director Dr.Medasani Mohan, Temple Deputy EO Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Health Officer Sri Bhishmaiah Naidu, EEs Sri Jaganmohan Reddy, Parupattedar Sri Naik and others were also present.


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