ANNUAL PADMAVATHI PARINAYOTSAVAM COMMENCES AT TIRUMALA
PASUPU-KUMKUMA PARINAYA MANDAPAM ATTRACTS DEVOTEES
TIRUMALA, MAY 8: The three-day annual Salakatla Padmavathi Parinayotsavam began with religious pomp and gaiety in the finely decked Parinaya Mandapam in Narayanagiri Gardens at Tirumala on Thursday evening.
This three day annual religious which is considered to one of the important festivals that is being observed in Tirumala concludes on Saturday. TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like arjitha brahmotsavam,Vasanthotsavam, Sahasra Deepalankara Seva from Thursday to Saturday following the festival.
The processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy was taken to the Narayanagiri Gardens on Gaja Vahana on the first day, while His two consorts adorned with special jewels followed Him to the tastefully decorated Narayanagiri Gardens on palanquins. Traditional events which are usually performed during the Hindu wedding ceremony including welcoming of Bride and Bridegroom (Edurkolu), throwing of floral balls by bride and bridegroom at each other (Pubantata), exchange of floral garlands etc. have been performed which has provided a feast to the eyes of thousands of pilgrims who converged in the gardens to witness the celestial fete in a beautiful cloudy atmosphere which provided a divine chill thrill to the devotees.
When the Unjal seva of the deities was underway, the vedic scholars presented hymns from Rig, Yajur, Sama and Adharwana Vedas, Artistes of TTD’s Annamacharya Project presented devotional songs, the Nadaswaram Artistes rendered seven important ragas including Kalyani, Vasantha, Darbar, Madhyamavathi, Bhoopala, Neelambari and Hindustani in a soothing manner which added an extra glory to the fete,
PASUPU-KUMKUMA MANDAPAM A SPECIAL ATTRACTION:
While the finely decked Pasupu-Kumkuma mandapam with vermilion and turmeric glass pots hanged from the roof amidst colourful, glittering bangles stood as the special attraction for this religious fete. Every year the Garden Department of TTD comes out with innovative ideas to decorate the stage for this mega event. This year, Pune based Sri Venkateswara Charitable Trust came out with a largesse to donate Rs.15lakhs to put the set up. While the idols of Lord Krishna, finely decorated pots with flutes, musambi-sugarcane and pineapple arch provided a artistic feast to the eyes of the devotees.
At the end of the celestial wedding fire crackers were burnt in the open area. TTD Chairman Sri K Bapiraju, EO Sri MG Gopal, JEO Sri P Bhaskar and other officers were also present.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI