Jan 31: As a part of the series of Srinvasa Kalyanams performed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in the state of Maharastra, the final one in the series concluded on a grand note in the city of Sholapur on Tuesday night.

The series of Srinvasa Kalyanams which were performed by TTD in the state of Maharastra starting from January 20 to January 31 has provided a feast to the eyes of millions of devotees who converged to witness the grandeur celestial wedding of Lord.

The world renowned temple administration of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) has began organizing this unique celestial marriage about six years ago in various important cities outside the state apart from the district head quarters of Andhra Pradesh with an aim to propagate and protect Hindu Sanatana Dharma. These marriages nomenclatured as “Srinivasa Kalyanam” not only spread Bhakti but also promoted spiritual values in the society.

With this Srinivasa Kalyanam the devotees in the respective areas will obtain a rare opportunity to witness the Divine Wedding of the Lord and His consorts. To imbibe devotion in the hearts of the common man, to get tranquility to the disturbed mind and for those who are not in a position to travel all the way to Tirumala and participate in the Kalyanotsava seva, the Srinivasa Kalyanam programme fulfilled the wish of people who have been anxiously waiting to see the grandeur celestial wedding of Lord Srinviasa with His two Consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi.

With the noble initiative of TTDs Board chairman Sri Kanumuru Bapiraju and EO Sri LV Subramanyam, for the first time, TTD has organized series of Srinivasa Kalyanams in the state of Maharashtra for 11 days starting from January 20 to 31 at various places including Satara (January 20), Kolhapur (Januray 21), Pune (January 22), Ahmedanagar (January 23), Nashik (January 25), Kalyan (January 26), Pune (January 27), Mumbai (January 28), Mumbai (January 29), Navi Mumbai (January 30) and Sholapur (January 31).
Among this series of Kalyanams which were performed in the state of Maharastra, the famous temple city of Kolhapur witnessed the 100th Kalyanotsavam of Lord which took place on January 21. While Snapana Tirumanjanam, a special abhishekam ritual with Chandan, milk, curd, honey and turmeric was performed to the deities on the banks of River Godavari as a part of the Kalyanam which took place in the pilgrim city of Nasik on January 25. Chakrasnanam to the Surdarshana Chakrattalwar has also been performed in the holy river waters.

The team of archakas who perform pujas and Kalyanotsavam in the Srivari temple in Tirumala led by Agama scholar Sri Sunderavadanacharya, Vadiyar Pundit Sri Kadri Venkatacharya and Sri Guru Raja conducted the celestial marriage with utmost devotion and spiritual elegance with different aspects of puja starting with Vishwaksena Aradhana, followed by Punyahavachanam, Ankurarpana, Kanakana Dharana, Agni Pratistha, Mahajana Sankalpam, Kanyadanam, Mangalya Dharana Mahotsavam ceremony, Nakshatra Harati and concluding with Kumbha Harati.

The artistes of TTD’s Annamacharya Project enthralled the local denizens by rendering Keertans penned by Saint Poet Annamacharaya during the performance of Srinivasa Kalyanams. The various venues of Lord’s Kalyanams echoed with Govinda Namas of devotees who thronged the grounds to see majesty of Lord in the guise of Bride Groom and sanctified their lives.

The 11-day mega religious event concluded on a successful note with the joint efforts of the officials of TTD under the directives of its EO and Chairman, Mumbai Advisory Committee President Sri Ranganathan, members Smt Geetha Kasturi, Sri Sameer Mehta, local philanthropists who contributed largesse of respective venues and above all with the co-operation of the devotees of the respective cities where Srinivasa Kalyanams have been performed on a grand scale.