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Devotees throng to pull Lord Rama's chariot

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Call of faith: Devotees pull the chariot of Lord Kodandarama in Tirupati on Friday.

TIRUPATI: Thousands of devotees took part in the ‘Rathothsavam' (car festival) conducted as part of the annual Brahmotsavam at Sri Kodandaramaswamy temple here on Friday. Barring a minor glitch when the umbrella placed atop the chariot slanted while the chariot started inching ahead, the event was otherwise successful.

The devotees pulled the chariot with the help of ropes connected to the front of the chariot. The bejewelled deity of Lord Rama was placed atop the chariot in the auspicious hours at 5 a.m. while the procession started at 7.10 a.m.

After ‘Unjal Seva' when the idol was placed on a swing and rocked to and fro , the deity was dressed as a warrior on horseback and carried on ‘Aswa Vahanam'.

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