DEEPAVALI ASTHANAM PERFORMED WITH RELIGIOUS FERVOUR IN TIRUMALA TEMPLE
TIRUMALA, NOV 3: On the occasion of Deepavali-the, festival of lights, ‘Deepavali Asthanam’ was performed with religious fervour at the ‘Bangaru Vakili’ in Tirumala temple in a ceremonious manner on Sunday.
The ‘Deepavali Asthanam’ was preceded by special rituals like ‘Vishesha Padi’ and presentation of new silk ‘Vastrams’ to the main deity followed by a procession taken out around the ‘Vimana Prakaram’ inside the temple by Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar accompanied by Chinna Jiyangar and other TTD officials and temple priests. The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy was flanked by his two consorts on either sides seated on a special palanquin facing opposite to Garudalwar inside Bangaru Vakili.
The processional deity of Commander-in-Chief of Lord Venkateswara, Sri Vishwaksenula Varu, was seated on another seat to the left side of the Lord. Special pujas including Rupee Coin Harati and Pratyeka Harati were offered to the Lord amidst chanting of vedic hymns by temple priests. After the Teertham, ‘shatari’ and ‘prasadams’ were offered to the officials who took part in the festival.
The Chairman of TTD Sri K Bapiraju, TTD EO Sri MG Gopal, Tirumala Joint EO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju wished the pilgrims a “Happy Deepavali”.
ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER TTD, TIRUPATI