FRUIT DECORATIONS MAKE THEIR WAY DURING SNAPANAM
Tirumala, 4 October 2016: The holy and hoary event of Snapana Thirumanjanam at the Srivari Temple as part of the annual Brahmotsavms commenced today in full vigor providing a beautiful sight enthralling the devotees with fruits and floral decorations.
DEITIES TAKE AROMATIC BATH UNDER FRUITY UMBRELLA
The surprise display at the Snapana Thirumanjanam ritual at the Swamivari temple at Tirumala as part of the ongoing Brahmotsavams was not just garlands but a massive green canopy made out of grapes, apple, sweet lemon, banana, pineapple and many more varieties spread over fifti square feet umbrella space giving cool shade over the utsava deities of Sridevi, Malayappaswami and Bhoodevi mused the devotees.
The Vaishnava symbols of chakra and Shanku decked up with white, red and green beans were also placed atop the green fruit canopy. ‘The objective is to display that the Lord Venkateswara was very close to nature and the rituals were performed in natural surroundings. The very vision provides an aesthetic feel to devotees’, says the Gururaja , the bokkasam Incharge of Srivari Temple.
The rest of the 80 square feet space of Rangayakula mandapam where the hoary and holy ritual is performed during the Brahmotsavam also sparkled with sweet smell of green fruits and flavor of aromatic flowers.
FRUITS MAKE THEIR ENTRY
‘We have been presenting variety of flowers at the ritual in the past, but for the first time we have introduced the fruit decorations’, says Sri S.Sreenivasulu, the Deputy director of Gardens of TTD.
OVER 300KILOS OF FRUITS USED
Nearly 300 kgs of fruits were utilized for decorations. Even the deities were decked up with garlands of strawberries and crowns of orchids and bittergourds, well known as the choice of the Lord Venkateswara.
Most of the flowers and fruits were donated by some philanthropists from Tiruvur ,Dindigul and Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. Prominent exotic fruits used in the today’s event were blue berries from Thailand,Yellow grapes brought from south Africa, dragon fruits, plums, Anjeer grapes,Amla, strawberries, white berries, Green apple,sugar cane,bananas, bitter gourd etc.
The entire fete provided a cynosure to the eyes of devotees.
TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao, TTD Trust Board Members Sri AV Ramana, Sri Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Sri DP Anatha, Temple DyEO Sri Rama Rao, Peishkar Sri R Selvam, Temple Staff and others took part.
ISSUED BY PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TTDs,TIRUPATI