TIRUMALA, APRIL 23: The three-day annual Salakatla Vasanthotsavam which marks the celebration of the arrival of spring season off to a colourful start in Tirumala on Tuesday.
The festival is celebrated on the three days tryodasichaturdasi and pourn ami in the month of Chaitra. As per the temple legend this festival was introduced during the period of Achyutaraya in 1460.
Earlier during the day, the processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy along with his two Consorts, Sri Devi and Bhudevi went on a procession along the four mada streets before they were brought to the finely decorated Vasantha Mandapam where Snapana Thirumanjanam (Holy bath) has been performed between 2pm to 4pm.
The Garden Department of TTD has decorated the Vasantha Mandapam in a aesthetic way giving a natural forest look. The entire mandapam has been arranged with Cuscus with an aim to give a chill thrill to the deities who will be taking the celestial sandal bath on these three days. The water falls, different kinds of flora and fauna decorated in the forest stood as a special attraction to the pilgrims who took part in this celestial fete.
TTD has cancelled arjitha sevas like Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjitha Brahmotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva following this festival.
TTD EO Sri L.V.Subramanyam, JEO Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju, CVSO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar, DyEO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri Rama Rao and large number of devotees took part.