Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Oct. 4 (ANI
): The annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara took off to a colourful start in Andhra Pradesh yesterday with the ceremonious ' Dhwajarohanam
' inside the hill temple of Tirumala.
The temple flag bearing the imprint of Lord Garuda was hoisted atop the 'Dhwajasthambham' (flag post) amid chanting of vedic hymns by scholars in adherence to the procedures laid down in the Agama sastra.
The entire temple complex and its precincts reverberated to the rhythmic beat of the 'Chandi melam' played by a band of Kerala musicians, who were specially commissioned for the purpose.
An Asthanam was conducted to the deities at the Tirumala
The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy flanked by His two consorts on either side in the accompaniment of Anantha, Garuda, Chakratalwar and Lord Vishwaksena were earlier taken around the Mada Streets in a grand procession.
Later in the night, the procession of Lord Malayappa on the golden 'Pedda Sesha Vahanam' marked the commencement of the first vahana seva of the festival.
Chief Minister N. Chandra Babu Naidu presented 'Pattuvastrams' (Silken clothes) to Lord Venkateswara
He attended the religious procession along with his wife Bhuvaneswari.
Brahmotsavam would continue for nine days. Lakhs of devotees are expected to participate in the Brahmotsavams