Celestial Wedding At Vontimitta On April 10, Says EO
Tirupati: The annual Brahmotsavams at Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple in Tirupati off to a ceremonial start with Dhwajarohanam in Mesha Lagnam on Saturday.
The nine-day fete in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple is scheduled from March 25 to April 2 and TTD has made elaborate arrangements for this fete.
Earlier, the day began with the procession of deities in four Mada streets during the wee hours and later the traditional flag hoisting ceremony on temple pillar commenced amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by archakas. The Garuda on pillar was rendered with harati and naivedyam and later the sacred Garuda Flag was hoisted onto the temple pillar in a ceremonious way.
Later, speaking on this occasion, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao said this year Garuda Seva falls on March 29 while Hanumantha Vahana Seva on March 30. “All the devotees should take part in this fete. And as a state function, the Sita Rama Kalyanam will be celebrated in a big way at Vontimitta on April 10 this year and I invite all the devotees to take part in this fete”, he added.
Tirupati JEO P Bhaskar said, this year Garuda Seva in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple coincided with the auspicious Sri Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara Ugadi festival day. “The Garuda Seva and Hanumantha Vahana Sevas are the two most important Vahana sevas in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple Brahmotsavams and I wish the devotees take part in the annual nine-day fete”, he maintained.
The Brahmotsavam schedule is as follows: March 25 – Dhwajarohanam and Pedda Sesha Vahanam , March 26 – Chinna Sesha and Hamsa, March 27 – Simha and Mutyapupandiri, March 28 – Kalpavriksha and Sarvabhupala, March 29 – Pallaki Utsavam and Ugadi Asthanam besides Garuda seva, March 30 – Hanumantha and Vasanthotsavam besides Gaja, March 31 – Suryaprabha and Chandraprabha and April 1 – Rathotsavam and Aswa and April 2 – Pallaki Utsavam and Chakrasananm besides Dhwajavaraohanam