The `Astabandhana Maha Samprokshanam’ ritual, which is performed once in 12 years, on Sunday took off on a colourful note with `Ankurarpanam’ inside the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara. Amidst chanting of the Vedic hymns, temple priests carried out the ceremony inside the temple complex.
In order to facilitate the ceremony being performed on time, the TTD management slapped the `Maha laghu darshan’ system to clear the visiting crowd. The management had cancelled all the arjitha sevas and the pilgrims shall be allowed to have darshan of the Lord from the `Dwarapalakas’ point. This is to enable unhindered view of the Astabandhana activities till the Maha Samprokshanam scheduled.
This meeting has been instrumental in the backdrop of a series of row disputes over the past few days. The decision of the governing council to stop Lord Venkateswara darshan for nine days was taken keeping in view of the allegations made by the former Chief Principal Ramana regarding the missing ornaments from the temple.
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