Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam at Kathmandu in Nepal in February 2012 – Celestial Wedding of Tirupati Balaji
The Kalyanotsavam or celestial wedding ritual held at the Tirupati Balaji Temple will be held by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) at Kathmandu in Nepal on February 24, 2012. TTD will be organising the wedding ceremony of the Lord Venkateswara at the at the Tundikhel ground in Kathmandu. It is expected that 40,000 people will witness the celestial wedding.
Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is an important ritual or ‘Seva’ held at the Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple. The utsava murti or idol of Lord Balaji is the bridegroom and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the brides in the celestial wedding. The rituals followed in the divine marriage ceremony are similar to those observed during Hindu marriages.
Leaving his Tirumala abode in Andhra Pradesh, Lord Venkateswara, popular as Balaji, will travel nearly 3,000 km northwards to Nepal this month to meet devotees.
Malayappa Swami, the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara Temple, along with his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi, will be kept at the Tundikhel ground on Feb 24, 2012.
"Nepali people will have the opportunity to see the same idol that is worshipped at Tirumala," said non-resident Nepali businessman Upendra Mahato, organizer of the event.
According to the organizers, the temple authorities won’t charge anything for the trip.
Devotees will be allowed free access and money collected from donations will be used for charity work in Nepal.
Due to security reasons, the organizers didn’t divulge how the idols will be brought to the country. Once the ceremony is over, the idols will be taken back to the Lord Venkateswara Temple.
"This is the first time idols of Malayappa Swami and his consorts are being taken to Nepal. Earlier they were taken to Dubai, Kuwait, UK and the US," said Ravi Thalari, PRO at TTD, over phone.
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