‘Teppotsavam’ begins in Tirumala, Sri Ramachandra Murty rides float in Swamy Pushkarini waters

On the first day, Lord Rama with Goddess Sita and Lakshmana are worshipped and taken out for a celestial ride on a decked-up float.


Published Mar 21, 2024 | 10:25 AMUpdatedMar 21, 2024 | 10:25 AM

Teppotsavam in Tirumala

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Wednesday, 20 March, kicked off the annual Teppotsavam — or float festival — on a grand scale.

As part of the festival on the first day, Lord Rama, along with Goddess Sita and Lakshmana, is worshipped and taken out for a celestial ride on a decked-up float in the Swamy Pushkarini waters, said a press release from the TTD.

Ramachadruditadu, Raghuveerudu, and other Sri Rama Sankeertans (hymns) were rendered on the occasion by vocal and instrumental artists while Vedas and Vedic hymns were recited and sung rhythmically.

The second day of the Teppotsavam will feature Lord Krishna and Rukmini being taken around on the float.

On the remaining three days, Sri Malayappa Swami along with Sridevi and Bhudevi would be taken out for a ride in the temple tank.

Meanwhile, the TTD cancelled Sahasra Deepalankara seva in connection with the float festival on Wednesday.

TTD is the official custodian of Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati.

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