Tirumala, 17 Jul. 15: The annual budget accounting festival, Anivara Asthanam was performed at the temple of Lord Venkateswara on Fridayamidst religious ecstasy in Tirumala.

Immense importance is attached to the religious fete which is organised commemorating the submission and verification of the annual temple accounts.

After the completion of religious formalities the authorities formally placed the accounts pertaining to the previous year at the feet of the deity and a Durbar is organised inside the ‘Bangaru vakili’ seeking divine approval. Meanwhile the idol of the main deity along with the idols of the processional deities besides the idol of Lord Viswaksena – the commander-in chief of the army of Lord’s domain were adorned with new silk vastrams gifted by both the senior and junior pontiffs of the hill temple.

In connection with the festival the temple administration had suspended the performance of all day time rituals including the weekly Nijapada Darshanam.

Earlier as is customary the authorities of the renowned Sri Vaishnavaite shrine of Srirangam in Tamil Nadu also presented a set of silk vastrams to the hill Lord. They carried the vastrams in a procession from the Pedda Jeeyar Mutt and handed them over to the authorities of the Tirumala temple. The Addl Chief Secretary of Govt of Tamil Nadu, Sri Rangam Temple Sri R.Kannan IAS, Commissioner of Endowments Sri Veera Shanmuga Nani, Joint Commissioner (Endowments) and EO of Sri Rangam Devasthanams Sri Jayaraman has gifted the silk vastrams to Lord.

Prominent among others who took part in the religious ceremony include the TTD Chairman Dr Ch Krishna Murthy, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao, TTD Board Member Sri G Bhanu Prakash Reddy, Additional CVSO Sri Siva Kumar Reddy, Deputy EOs Sri C Ramana, Parupattedar Sri Doraswamy Naik and others were also present.