Anantapur: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is making elaborate arrangements for the annual Brahmotsavam since it is organising Sri Rama Navami celebrations for the first time after taking over the historic Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple at Vontimitta in Kadapa district, said the TTD chairman, Dr Ch. Krishnamurthy.
The TTD trust board chief, who, on Tuesday inspected the ongoing arrangements at Vontimitta for the annual Brahmotsavam and Sitarama Kalyanam to be held between April 14 and 24, said that they had taken over the 14th century temple and were keen to develop it on the lines of Bhadradri after the state government chose it to conduct the annual traditional and celestial marriage. This is the first annual mega religious festival being conducted after TTD took it over.
Mr Krishnamurthy, referring to the conventional perception of Lord Sri Rama as the "Yuga Purusha" of Tretayuga, whose charisma lay undimmed even today in Kaliyuga, said, "The deities, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Rama and Lord Krishna, are incarnations of Sri Maha Vishnu, occurring in each aeon to protect mankind."
"The Vahana Sevas will be performed on the lines of Tirumala and Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam on April 20 between 8 pm and 10 pm on the sprawling 16-acre ground adjacent to the temple. Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister N.
Chandrababu Naidu and other prominent persons will be present," he added.
While the archaeology department cleared hurdles for work at the temple site, arrangements are being speeded up.
The TTD chairman also visited the 108-feet mammoth statue of saint poet Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya at Tallapaka and said that his 513th death anniversary would be observed from April 4 to 7 at Tallapaka, Tirupati and Tirumala. TTD senior officers including SE Sudhakar Rao, deputy EOs Balaji, Sharada, HDPP secretary Prayaga Ramakrishna and others were also present....