Annual Ratha Sapthami festival observed in Tirumala amidst religious geity

On the occasion of Rathasapthami, Saptha Vahana Sevas were organised amidst religious fervour in Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Tirumala on Friday.

It was a cynosure for the devotees to catch all the vahana sevas on a single day. The Surya Vahana procession began at 5.30 a.m and glided swiftly across the Four Mada Streets. All the 175 galleries were almost jam-packed by 5 a.m. itself. About 2,000 Sevaks were deployed at Four Mada Streets to provide ‘Anna Prasadam’, drinking water and to manage pilgrim rush during the procession of vahanams. 

Meanwhile, Sri Malayappa Swamy took celestial ride on seven vahanams during the with ‘Chakra Snanam’ being held between 2 and 3 p.m. The morning vahanams, included Surya Prabha between 5.30 and 8 a.m, Chinna Sesha between 9 and 10 a.m, Garuda Vahanam between 11a.m. and 12 noon and Hanumantha Vahanam between 1 and 2 p.m. passed through the Four Mada Streets.  

The evening vahana sevas commenced with Kalpavriksha between 3 and 4 p.m., Sarvabhupala between 5 and 6 p.m and concluded with Chandra Prabha Vahanam between 7 and 8 p.m.