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Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel to Broadcast Live the Ringing of the Bells at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Two huge bells placed at the Ghanta mandapam before Bangaru Vakili (Golden Threshold) in SrivariTemple in Tirumala Tirupati is sounded daily to alert people on commencement of various rituals like Thomala, Archana, Koluv and Naivedya Samarpana sevas. Now, Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel, the official television channel of Tirumala Tiruapati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to telecast live the ringing of the bells. Express Buzz reportsIt will be telecast every day without fail, even if the scheduled programme has to be stopped midway, SVBC officials said.According to them, the ringing of the bell on Tirumala has a mythological and historical importance. It is said that only after hearing the bells of Tirumala, that the Deva, Yaksha, Kinnera and other celestial beings take their food.The Ghanta Mandapam -- also known as Maha Mani Mantapam and Mukha Mantapam -- was constructed in 1417 AD by Amathya Mallanna, a minister in the Vijayanagara court, popularly known as Madhava Dasu.The bell is…