Goddess Padmavati gets decked and set to marry her Lord Venkateswara. The visual that is a delightful feast to one and all visiting the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams this time of the year. The much awaited three-day annual Padmavati Parinayotsavams took off in a grandiose manner on Sunday at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara.
The annual traditional enables the devotees of Tirumala pray and worship the processional deities Lord Malayappa and his two consorts, Sri Devi and Bhoo devi. The idols are decorated richly, and are brought on the famous Gaja Vahanam. The event is taking place at Narayanagiri gardens on an exquisitely decorated golden Tiruchi.
Yesterday saw the first day of the festivities where the man priests ceremoniously conducted the Parinayam (celestial marriage) to the deities. Narayanagiri was decked up with floral and other arrangements to celebrate the occasion.
The highlight is the main Mandapam and its precincts, which were coated with gold paint, adding to the aesthetic ambiance.
This time, the cost of the ornaments is being borne by the Pune-based Sri Venkateswara Charitable Trust. The estimate for the ornaments alone is said to be in lakhs of rupees. TTD’s gardening wing also has come up with a striking ‘Swarnima Mandapam’ concept, where the interiors of the Mandapam are painted gold.
The best part also constitutes several fruit hangings from over the ceiling.
There is a certain fondness with which Goddess Padmavati is married to Lord Venkateswara. The old epic talks about their strong bond of love and affection, transcending generations.