Malayappa Swamy exhibits his granduer during Radha Ranga Dolotsavam

Lord Malyappa Swamy took a colourful ride with his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi on the Swarna Ratham on Friday morning as par of the annual Vasantotsavams. All the three deities decked in silk vastrams and precious jewels, took a majestic ride on Swarna Ratham and blessed the devotees in four mada streets.

Legends say that the practice of Rathotsavam began during the period of Vijayanagara kin -Krishnadevaraya who had donated large amount of gold to the Srivari temple. The practice has been continued even today as part of the Brahmotsvam and also on some other significant festivals at Tirumala.