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Vaishnavite temples witness heavy crowds

Staff Reporter

Temples colourfully decorated on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi'


Exotic flowers for decorating idols brought from Thailand

Special pujas, rituals organised on grand scale in all temples


Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Religious fervour: Devotees pulling the golden chariot during ‘Swarna Rathotsavam' organised as part of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi' celebrations in Tirumala on Friday. —

TIRUPATI: Not only Tirumala, but all the Sri Vaishnavite temples in Tirupati downhill teemed with heavy crowd on Friday on the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi, also known as Pedda Ekadasi.

People thronged the temples under the TTD's umbrella and the ones run by private managements, right from 3 a.m. and there was no sign of the crowd receding till late in the night. According to scriptures, offering prayers to Lord Vishnu (in any of His forms) on ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi' is believed to rid a person of the ordeal of rebirth and grant liberation to the soul.

The temples were colourfully decorated befitting the occasion with a variety of flowers brought specially from Bangalore, Ooty, etc. and exotic varieties imported from Thailand.

Age-old practice

Many people follow the practice of putting the ‘Namam' on the forehead during visit to temples on this auspicious day. The TTD-run temples of Sri Govindaraja, Sri Padmavathi, Sri Kodandarama, Sri Lakshminarayana (Alipiri Padala Mandapam), Kalyana Venkateswara (Srinivasa Mangapuram), Prasanna Venkateswara (Appalayagunta), Sri Venugopala (Karvetnagaram) temples in and around Tirupati witnessed heavy influx of devotees, especially locals.

Sri Varadaraja temple run by the Chinna Jeeyangar Mutt was also thronged by locals.

The deities of Lord Krishna and Radha at the ISKCON's Radha Govinda Mandir (Lotus Temple) were decorated as Lord Venkateswara and Godha Devi respectively. The diamond-studded crown and Sankhu-Chakram (holy conch and discus) were adorned to the deity, along with the flute. Similarly, Radha was decorated with a parrot and a leaning crown, typical of Godha Devi, in connection with the holy month of ‘Dhanurmasam'. At Vepanjeri Lakshmi Narayana temple near Chittoor, ‘Sri Yagam' was conducted on a grand scale, which was followed by ‘Annadanam' to the visiting public.

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