TIRUPATI, OCT. 26: The arrangements for Sixth Phase of the ambitious “Managudi” programme scheduled for 6th of November, off to a colourful and ceremonious start in Tirupati on Sunday with the preparation of sacred Akshata-Holy Rice activity.

Tirupati JEO Sri Pola Bhaskar formally launched this programme at the Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad office located at the Old Huzur Office premises after performing special puja. About 6000 kilos of rice, 100 kilos of turmeric powder and 225 kilos of ghee has been used to prepare 120 bags of “Akshata” which will be distributed to over 54,300 temples located across the states of AP, TS, TN and Karnataka.

Addressing the media persons, JEO said Managudi is a prestigious programme taken up by TTD along with AP Endowments Department in 2012. “The primary motto of this programme is to restore the prime position of temples which have been the centres of socio-cultural life since ages in our country with the participation of the public.So far we have successfully organized five programmes and we are set to celebrate the sixth one on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Pournami on November 6. This year, we will be also distributing “Holy Flags” to all the temples as a part of this mass programme”, JEO added.

Meanwhile a team of Srivari Sevakulu hailing from Davanagiri of Karnataka took part in the preparation of sacred akshata. According team leader Srinivasulu, it is indeed a God given opportunity to associate themselves in the holy mission. “We have learnt that about 200 odd temples from Karnataka have also been chosen this time to observe this mass temple festival and we will definitely bring awareness among the denizens of Karnataka about this noble and novel programme”, he added.

HDPP Special Officer Sri Sriram Raghunath, Kalyanotsavam Project Special Officer Sri Ramachandra Reddy, Dy EO Sri Dhananjayulu, AEO Sri Nageswara Rao and others were also present.