TIRUMALA, JAN 16: The annual celestial “Safari”-Paruveta Utsavam was performed with religious pomp and gaiety with the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Lord Srikrishna Swamy throwing the weapons at wild animals in the green woods of Seschachala ranges on Thursday. Thousands of devotees witnessed the celestial “Mock Safari” act with anxiety at Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala.

The day commenced with the chief pontiff of Pedda Jiyangar Mutt handing over special Andal Sri Goda Devi garlands brought from Sri Govinda Raja Swamy temple to be adorned to the presiding deity as a part of Goda Parinayam

Later Lord Sri Malayappa Swamy and Lord Srikrishna Swamy, both the deities seated on separate palanquins, were taken for a pleasure hunt to Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala from the main shrine in a colourful procession.

Lord Malayappa Swamy in the Sarvabhoopala avatar sporting conch, disc, mace, bow and arrow, accompanied by Lord Sri Krishna Swamy, enthralled the devotees, who gathered to witness the event. After special pujas in Paruveta Mandapam, the two processional deities were taken for a pleasure hunt in the thick forests of Seshachala ranges.

Temple priests and officials on behalf of Lord Malayappa and Lord Krishna Swamy participated in the mock hunt as a part of the festival on the Kanuma day.

Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad, Annamacharya Project artistes presented devotional and cultural programmes on the occasion.

After the customary rituals, the deities were taken back to the main temple.

The TTD top officials and scores of devotees took part in the eventThe annual hunting festival or the celestial safari of the processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and Sri Krishna Swamy —Paruveta Utsavam—will be held in Tirumala amidst religious fervour and gaiety on the festival of Kanuma on Sunday.

TTD cancelled Arjitha sevas including the Tiruppavada, Kalyanotsavam, Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam, Unjal Seva and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva following the Paruveta Utsavam on Thursday in Srivari temple.

TTD Chairman Sri K.Bapi Raju, TTD EO Sri MG Gopal, DyEO Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Addl CVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Peishkar Sri R. Selvam and devotees took part.