Tirumala, 5 October 2014: Fervour marked the ‘Bagh savari’ festival observed on Sunday evening at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara.

The festival which was observed on the immediate day after the conclusion of the nine-day annual Brahmotsavams has a great religious importance.

According to temple legend, Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi in the guise of ordinary humans destroy the flower gardens grown up by Anantalwar, a great devotee of Lord only to testify his dedicated devotion.

In a bid to catch hold of the divine “Human Couple”, Anantalwar succeeds in tying up Goddess to Aswatha tree in his garden while the Lord escapes from his clutches running anti-clock wise.

Later Anantalwar realizes his mistake and carries Goddess in a floral basket to the Srivari temple and rejoins her with Lord.

To mark the anti-clock wise running of Lord, this festival is believed to be conducted in an anti-clock wise manner.

In connection with the festival the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his two consorts were taken around in a procession from the main temple to the Ananthalwar gardens situated on the south-west corner of the temple complex. After observing certain religious formalities at the gardens, the deities were again taken back to the main temple.

TTD top brass officials and temple officials took part in this religious fete.