‘Srinivasa Thirukalyanam’ to be performed at Spiritual Fair
By Express News Service | Published: 23rd February 2013 08:05 AM |
With large crowds, including a 10-member student delegation from the United Kingdom, thronging the 5th Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is all set to perform ‘Srinivasa Thirukalyanam’ on Saturday.
The ongoing fair, organised by Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation, at A M Jain College in Meenambakkam ends Sunday.
The spiritual fair, which was inaugurated by senior BJP leader L K Advani on February 19, has around 230 stalls put up by several Hindu organisations, including Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sankara Mutt, Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt, Brahmakumaris and Sringeri Mutt. An important highlight is the participation of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Boards of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the organisers said.
Six beautifully decorated ‘rathas’ from important temples in Andhra Pradesh including Tirupati, Kalahasthi, Chittoor and Bhadrachalam, were the cynosure of the 80,000-strong crowd that visited the venue on Thursday. “Initially, 14 rathas were scheduled to participate, but only six arrived from the state,” the organisers said. The Karnataka HR&CE has also set up stalls highlighting the important temples in the state.
Day-long cultural programmes by around 2,000 students from 300 schools in the city and competitions are part of the daily itinerary of the Fair, which is open from 9 30 am to 8 pm. Stalls exhibiting organic food and other products, books and pamphlets, explaining the various service activities of the Hindu organisations, are also drawing curious visitors.
On Saturday, the ‘Srinivasa Thirukalyanam’ is scheduled to be performed by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, between 6 30 pm and 9 30 pm, at the venue, the organisers said. A special idol of the deity, accompanied by acharyas and archakas, is being flown in from Tirupati for the purpose, they added. A total of five lakh visitors are expected to visit the spiritual fair. While state BJP president Pon Radhakrishnan and senior Congress leader Kumari Ananthan dropped in, a 10-member British delegation, part of a cultural exchange programme, also visited the venue and went around the various stalls.