Rathotsavam grandly held in Tirumala

Religious Splendour marked during ‘Rathotsavam’ at Tirumala on Thursday, on the penultimate day of the nine-day annual Brahmotsavam.

After the conduct of special rituals such as ‘Punyavachanam’ and ‘Navagraha dhyanam,’ the processional deities of Sri Malayappa Swamy flanked by His two divine consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi on his either sides, were ceremoniously mounted atop the giant wooden chariot amidst chanting of Vedic hymns by the temple pundits.

Tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the country participated in the divine procession all along the mada streets. The chariot was tastefully decorated with different varieties of flowers, flags, and festoons. As is customary, the golden umbrella was tied atop the mammoth chariot.

The chariot rolled majestically down the thoroughfares of the hill temple preceded by temple paraphernalia, including half-a-dozen caparisoned elephants, horses, bulls, and followed by the cultural and bhajan troops besides a contingent of Vedic pundits led by the priests of the temple.

TTD EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal, JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, Board Members Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Smt Sudha Narayanamurthy, Sri Ashok Reddy, Addl CVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, VGO Sri Ravindra Reddy,Temple DyEO Sri Haridranath and others were also present.