Procession of Suryaprabha Vahana on Ratha Sapthami day

Ratha Saptami Celebrations have begun on a grand note at Tirumala on Wednesday. Grandeur marked the procession of Lord on Suryaprabha Vahanam. Tens of thousands of pilgrims who thronged to catch this rare glimpse chanted Govinda Govinda loudly in chorus with ecstasy.

There is a great importance for this festival since as the Lord will be brought out of the temple in a grand procession on as many as seven different vahanams (Celestial carriers) in a single day. Surya Prabha Vahanam is considered to be mightiest and heaviest processional carrier.