Tuesday, July 4, 2017
With the system of allowing pilgrims in batches from ‘Vendi Vakili’ has been dispensed with and major changes effected by the TTD, the darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy has become hassle-free.
The number of lines from ‘Mahadwaram’ is now two against four earlier. While the first line goes round the Ranganayakulu mandapam, the other runs alongside the Dwadastambham. Both the lines merge at ‘Vendi Vakili’.
With this changes, about 80,000 devotees can have darshan every day. The height of the wooden ramps, on which the pilgrims have to walk from ‘Vendi Vakili’ has been reduced and redesigned for easy movement of pilgrims. The changes effected at the sub-temple of Vakula matha, Theertham-Sathari point and at the hundi have also made a visible impact said Superintending Engineer Ramachandra Reddy.
TTD JEO K.S.Srinivasa Raju today blew the bugle for the grand conduct of the nine-day annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara Swamy scheduled to commence from Septmber 23, 2017.
Speaking to media, he said that mega religious event would take to a colorful start with Dwajarohanam on September 23 and end with Chakrasnanam on October 1. Garuda Seva will be organized on September 27, Rathotsavam on September 30. Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu will make customary presentation of a pair of ‘Silk Vastrams’ on behalf of the government on September 23 evening after the conclusion of the Dwajarohanam ceremony, he said.
On the arrangement, he said special parking lots are being identified and no two wheelers will be allowed to ply on the ghat roads on the day of Garuda Seva. The APSRTC will ply over 3,000 trips during the day and a fleet of about 150 buses will be kept ready to motor down pilgrims soon after the commencement of Garuda Seva. A total of 35 doctors in addition to 65 paramedical staff will be additionally drafted for the festival.