Bhadrachalam: Lakhs of devotees thronged the holy town of Bhadrachalam on the banks of the river Godavari, in Khammam district, on Tuesday, on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami.
The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy participated in ‘Seetharamula Kalyanam’ along with his wife, and presented ‘Muthyala Thalambralau’ (pearls), and ‘Pattu Vastrams’ to the divine couple Seetha and Rama, on behalf of the State government. The celestial wedding was held at Mithila Stadium at exactly 12 noon according to the ‘Agama Shastra’ in Abhijith Lagna, by placing Zeelakarra and Bellam on the heads of Seetha and Rama.
The Archakas presented a Thalibottu, which was prepared by the then Ramadasu, to Seethamma on behalf of Rama. Later the Archakas offered the ‘Thalambralu’ to Seetha Ramulu.
As part of the celestial wedding, the Archakas performed Suprabatha Seva and Thiruvaradhana at morning 2 am and Abhishekam at 4 am. At 8 am, the Archakas performed the wedding of Druvamurthulu and at 9 am, they performed ‘Alankaram’. The Archakas brought the Murthies to the Mantapam at 9.30 am in a procession. At 12 noon, they performed the wedding. The Archakas performed Thiruveedi Seva on Chandraprabha Vahanam from 8 pm to 10 pm as part of Vahana Seva.
The devotees reached the temple town in large numbers to witness the Pushkara Pattabhishekam which comes once in every 12 years. They took bath in the Pavana (holy) Godvari river and visited the Bhadradri Rama temple.
The police deployed heavy police force to prevent any untoward incidents as the Chief Minister was participating in the celebrations. Warangal range IG Mr Chouhan was present on the spot and supervised the security arrangements. (NSS)