GUNTUR: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who recently turned political rivals, attended the Dasavathara Venkateswara Swamy temple inauguration programme at Nambur, near here, on Friday and offered specials pujas in the sanctum sanctorum.Though they went to the temple separately, they participated in the puja together. They greeted each other but did not have any conversation between them. Later, they left the temple separately.
Pawan Kalyan was accorded a warm welcome when he went to the temple around 10:30 a.m. He stayed there till 4 p.m and participated in various rituals. On the other hand, the Chief Minister arrived at 11:20 a.m and was accorded traditional welcome. He left the place at 12:10 p.m after participating in the first puja of the temple. Meanwhile, the other TDP leaders, including a couple of MLAs, who attended the programme kept to themselves and did not even greet the Jana Sena chief.
Speaking to the media on the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu said he was very fortunate to offer prayers to Sri Dasavatara Venkateswara Swamy in front of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami. He appreciated Lingamaneni Ramesh who built the temple and installed such a great idol of Lord Venkateswara Swamy in the capital region of Amaravati. “It will bode well for the future of the capital city,” he observed.
On the other hand, Sri Mahalakshmi, Sri Maha Ganapathi, Sri Garuda Sahita Sri Dasavatara Venkateswara Swamy Pratishtha Mahotsav was held in a grand manner under the supervision of Avadhoota Datta Peetham Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji.
In fact, the rituals were conducted on the new temple premises since June 2 and since then Vedic hymns are being chanted every day. The rituals were performed in accordance with Agamas. The idol of the presiding deity - Dasavathara Venkateswara Swamy - is 11 feet tall. After Vigraha Pratishta ceremony, Dhwaja Stamabham of the temple was installed. Later, the other rituals, including Sahasra Kalasabhishekam and Kalyanotsavam, were performed.