LORD GLITTERED ON GOLDEN CHARIOT
Tirumala, 21 October 2015: On the penultimate day of Navaratri Brahmotsavams the grandeur of Lord Venkateswara procession on four mada street scales another peak with the The procession of golden chariot.
Tens of thousands of women pulled the chariot chanting aloud “Govinda Govinda”. The entire premises of Tirumala echoed with the “Govinda Namas”. The devotees competed to pull the mammoth chariot with religious ecstasy.
On a sunny morning the golden chariot with the processional deities of Lord Malayappaswamy flanked by his two divine consorts mounted was dragged around the mada streets of the hill shrine.
The unique 32-foot tall ‘ratham’ weighing about 28 tons comprised of 74kg of gold and 2,900 kg of copper and cost Rs.24 crore in which 18 gauge copper sheets and nine layers of gold were used in the making of this chariot. After criticism of devotees that the old silver coated chariot was getting dull each year, in 2013 the TTD decided to enhance its grandeur by applying a gold coat on it.
The four mada streets were full to the brim with enthusiastic Brahmotsavam crowds as the nine day event was grinding to a crescendo.TTD invited many of devotees to drag the Golden chariot and beget blessings and boons of Lord Venkateswara.
Chairman Dr Ch Krishnamurthy, Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao, Joint Executive Officers Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, Sri Pola Bhaskar, SP (URBAN) Sri Gopinath Jatti, CV&SO Sri Nagendra Kumar, Board Members Smt Suchithra Ella, Sri Hariprasad, Sri AV Ramana, Sri DP Anantha Sri Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Sri G Bhanuprakash Reddy, ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Dy EO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam, Parpathyedar Sri Ajay and others were present.
ISSUED BYTHE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER ,TTDS,TIRUPATI