A Visual Grandeur
The temple shrine of Tirumala is getting decked up for the annual mega fete of Brahmotsavams from September 26. As the annual nine-day fiesta attracts lakhs of devotees, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is making final preparations to make the Brahmotsavams hassle-free. Senior officials of TTD are personally reviewing each department and are preparing the staff and employees for the mega event, which concludes on October 4.
Illuminations have come up across Tirumala and Tirupati, parking arrangements are being put in place, police conducting mock drills and even the priests are making rehearsals of the rituals. The giant 28-tonne Swarna Ratham was taken out on a trial run on the four mada streets to ensure that the massive ratham procession passes off without any hassles on the day of actual procession.
The electrical department is erecting huge illuminated cutouts with various themes of Lord Venkateswara’s life and other welcome arches across Tirupati and on all the roads leading to Tirumala. The other important wing, the Annaprasadam, has been asked to gear up to meet the increase in demand for annaprasadam as the numbers may increase due to the rush.
On security aspects, a central control room would be set up to monitor the law and order situation. Surveillance and security on the ghat roads and on Tirumala has been tightened up and all roads leading to Tirumala are being sanitisied by bomb disposal squads. For the main event during the Brahmotsavams, the Garuda Seva, all arrangements are being made. Two-wheelers would not be allowed on the ghat road on the day. Arrangements are being made for parking the two-wheelers at Alipiri and Srivari Mettu routes.
For transport needs, the RTC has introduced new buses and had increased the number of trips between Tirumala and Tirupati.