Vaikunta Ekadasi festival was observed at Venkateswara temple on Tuesday with religious fervour. The temple was opened at 12.30 a.m. and after completion of the daily rituals the sacred Vaikunta Dwaram — the holy passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the presiding deity — was opened amidst chanting of Vedic hymns.
Meanwhile, VIPs rush at Tirumala to offer their prayers to Lord Venkateswara on Vaikunta Ekadasi. Those who visited the temple on Friday include Supreme Court Justice SV Ramana, Santhana Goudar, Former Justice Raveendran, Nara Bhuvaneswari, Apollo Chairman Daughters, Telangana ministers Mahidar Reddy, Indrakaran Reddy, AP Ministers Kala Venkata Rao, Ayyanna Patrudu, Kollu Ravindra, Amarnath Reddy, Nimmakayala Chinnarajappa, Pithani Satyanarayana,Sidda Raghavarao, Vip Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy, Ramasubbareddy Somireddy, Kona Ravi Kumar, AP High Court Justice Ramalingeswara Rao,Sankar Narayana, Sunil Chowdary, Amarnath Goud, Nagarjuna Reddy, Former High court justice Dalawari Subramanyam, Nooti Rammohan, YSRCP MLAs Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Pratap Reddy,Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Talari Aditya, Anil Kumar Yadav, Narayana Swamy, Raveendra REddy, Srinivasulu, Srikanth Reddy, TDP MLAs Chintamaneni Prabhakar, Madhav Naidu, Sugunamma, Bollineni Ramarao, Satyaprabha. Former ministers Danam Nagendar, DK Aruna, Chenga Reddy. Parliament Members Rammohan Naidu, CM Ramesh, Avanthi Srinivas,Rayapati Sambasivarao. Telangana MLA Srinivas Goud, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, TTD Ex chairman Kanumoori Bapiraju,Chamundeswarinath, Railway GM Vinod Kumar Yadav,Actor Sapthagiri, Mohan Babu, Ambareesh,Producer Bandla Ganesh, Mandali Budda Prasad,Kadapa MLA,Collector Pradyumna,Sub Collector Metri Selvi,Apco Chairman daughters,ZP chairman Geerwani,Former PM Deve Gowda,Former TTD chairman Chadalawada Krishnamurthy,Chittoor SP Rajasekhar,NTV Narendra Chowdary, Renowned Drummer Ella Venkateswarlu.