SRIKAKULAM:Ahobila Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami inaugurated the 998th jayanthi celebrations of Bhagawat Ramanujacharya at Srikurmanath temple at Srikurmam in the district Friday.
On the occasion of the 1,000th jayanthi of Ramanujacharya in 2017, the Ahobilam seer started the celebrations on the auspicious Tirunakshtram taking Srikurmam as a platform.
Rising above religion and caste Ramanujacharya incarnated 998 years ago to propagate that all people were equal before God.
Since Srikurmanath happened to be one of the most favourite temples of Ramanujacharya, the celebrations kicked off at the temple town.
The Hindu religious lore has it that Srikurmam was once a Savaite place and it was changed to Vaishnava tradition after Ramanujacharya’s visit to Srikurmam.
Suprabhata seva and Aaradhana were performed as per the tradition to Ramanujacharya in the Kurmanath temple.
Later, a festive procession accompanied by devotees singing bhajans, playing musical instruments and kolatam was taken out in the streets. After that special pujas and milk abhishekams were performed. A large number of people participated with devotional fervour and gaiety. Collector Lakshmi Nrusimham and his wife and Railway additional DGP Kishore Kumar and his wife took part. MLA Gunda Lakshmi Devi participated. The devotees had also darshan of Kurmanath and the village reverberated with the chants of Jai Sriramannarayana.
On the occasion, Ahobila Jeeyar Swami and Tridandi Devanath Ramanujacharya spoke to the devotees.
The Ahobila Swami said that he was very happy that Ramanujacharya’s jayanthi was celebrated on Tirunakshtram day. Sri Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami would also be participating in the celebrations, Ahobila Swami said.
The celebrations are being conducted in all districts of AP and Telangana every month, he said. A 216-foot metal statue of Ramanujacharya would be unveiled at Shamshabad ashram.