RELIGIOUS FERVOUR MARKS ‘HUNT FESTIVAL’
Tirumala, Jan 15, 2013 (P.R.O): The annual hunting festival of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Lord Srikrishna Swamy (Paruveta Utsavam) held on a colourful note in Tirumala on Monday as thousands of devotees enjoyed the “Celestial Forest Safari”.
TTD has cancelled all the afternoon arjitha sevas including Kalyanotsavam, Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam, Unjal Seva and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva on Monday in the wake of Paruvetotsavam.
The hectic schedule of the day started with the Chief Pontiff of Pedda Jiyangar Mutt handing over the special garlands and garments to be adorned to the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Lord Sri Krishna Swamy. Later both the deities seated on separate palanquins went for a pleasure hunt to Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala from main shrine on a colourful procession.
The Lord Malayappa Swamy in the avatar of Sarvabhoopala (the mighty universal emperor), sporting five weapons including conch, disc, gadha, bow and arrow accompanied by Sri Krishna Swamy, enchanted the devotees with his elegance. After the special pujas in Paruveta Mandapam, the two processional deities went for a pleasure hunt in the thick forests of Seshachala ranges.
Temple priests and officials enacted on the behalf of Lord Malayappa and Lord Krishna Swamy participating in this mock hunt as a part of the festival on the Kanuma day, the next day of Sankranthi festival.
The HDPP, Annamacharya Project artistes performed special devotional cultural programmes matching the festive occasion.
Top brass officials of TTD Joint Executive Officer Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, TTD Board Member Sri L.R.Sivaprasad, C.V&S.O Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, DyEO(Temple) Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri Rama Rao and others took part.
After the divine safari and customary rituals the deities were taken back to the main temple. The festival provided a spectacular feast to tens of thousands of devotees who converged to see the Mighty Hunt.