CM Kejriwal takes part in Balaji festival at Nehru Stadium
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in the ongoing ‘Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavam’ at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. He spent around one hour in the Balaji festival and has witnessed Sahasra Deepalankara Seva and Procession of Lord Balaji at the specially built temple here.
The ten-day ‘Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavams’ witnessed a large gathering of devotees on Saturday as various sacred rituals and special services performed at the holy hill shrine of Tirumala were replicated at the Lord Balaji festival here.
Organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that manages Lord Balaji temple in Tirumala, the festival which began here on Friday is replicating rituals and services performed at Tirumala. A replica of Lord Balaji has also been created for the festival.
Besides priests chanting holy hymns, musicians drawn from the southern state will be playing traditional instruments to create an atmosphere similar to that of Tirumala.
TTD joint executive officer Pola Bhaskar said over one lakh people are expected to take part in the Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavams, which would continue till November 8.
Bhaskar said all necessary arrangements have been made for the devotees, and about 200 personnel from TTD have been brought to the national Capital for the purpose. “Of them, 30 are ‘archakas’ (priests). We have ferried ingredients for making Prasadam to provide the same kind of Prasadam that is being offered at Tirumala,” he said.
Deepa Venkat of Swarnabharat Trust, one of the organisers, said 2,000 people took part in Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsavam on Friday, which was inaugurated by senior BJP leader L K Advani.
Devotees, who are making a beeline to witness temple rituals and special services being organised for the first time in Delhi for the benefit of those who find it difficult to go to temple town in Andhra Pradesh, said that it was a rare opportunity for them to worship the deity.