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News » About three lakh worshipers take part in Lord Balaji ‘Garudaseva’
By: Amudala Satyanarayana
Tirupati, Oct.7, (tirupatitimes)
About three lakh worshipers from all over the country tonight took part in the most fortunate ‘Garudaseva’ procession of Lord Venkateswara on the fifth day of the annual Navaratri Brahmotsavam at Tirumala near here.
The over millennium old procession idol of Lord Venkateswara adorned with several diamond set ornaments, including the huge multi-folded “Sri Lakshmi Kaasula Haram”, mega “Makharakanti Haram” and “Chandra Haram”, mounted on a decorated golden ‘Garuda Vahanam’ (carrier), was taken out in a 6-hour long grand procession around the hill shrine, temple PRO Dr. Talari Ravi said.
The SVBC Channel run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) which manages the shrine has aired live the divine procession with a commentary for the benefit of millions of devotees in the world, he said.
About a lakh pilgrims have got onto the hills on foot all through the 10 km long stairway leading to the shrine and the rest by road for Garudaseva, he said.
The mammoth galleries encircling the sprawling ancient shrine were filled with tens of thousands of devotees by afternoon. Free meal canteen run by temple management has handed out countless thousands food packets with water and butter milk packets among the devotees waiting in the galleries from the daybreak, TTD Catering officer, GLN Sastry told
For the mega celestial event, about 3,700 police personnel and lots of surveillance cameras were pressed into service on the hills, Mr. G. Srinivas, Chittoor district Police Chief who took additional charge of TTD Chief Security and Vigilance Officer told media persons.







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