The town of Bhadrachalam, also known as the Ayodhya of South, is gearing up to celebrate the celestial marriage of Maryada Purushottam Ram. According to the Hindu calendar, Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the Chaitra month, which is the last day of Chaitra Navratri, making it an auspicious occasion. The festival signifies the removal of negativity and the rise of divine power on earth.
The Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam is all set to host the celestial wedding of Lord Rama with Seeta on Thursday. The Endowment department, district administration, and police have made elaborate arrangements for Rama Navami celebrations at Mithila Stadium. Lakhs of devotees from Telugu states are expected to witness the celebrations.
The stadium has been decorated with colorful clothes and lighting to create a festive atmosphere for the wedding ceremony. Different sectors have been designated for devotees to view the wedding, and tickets are available both online and offline.
The Kalyanotsavam will commence with special puja and rituals from the early hours of Thursday. On Wednesday, the traditional event of “Edurkollu Utsavam” was held as part of the wedding ceremony.
Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will attend the wedding, and Endowment Minister Indrakaran Reddy will present the traditional offering to the deities on behalf of the State government. Endowment Commissioner Anil Kumar, Kothagudem District Collector D Anudeep, and District Superintendent of Police Dr G Vineel have visited Bhadrachalam to review the arrangements made for Lord Ram’s wedding.
In anticipation of high temperatures during summer, arrangements have been made for the distribution of drinking water, buttermilk, and ORS sachets for the convenience of devotees. Temple Executive Officer L Rama Devi has confirmed that arrangements have been made for the smooth distribution of Talambralu and prasadam. “Two lakh laddus and 100 tonnes of Talambralu have been prepared. The prasadam will be sold through 19 counters located in different places, and the Talambralu will be distributed free through 70 counters,” said Rama Devi.
The TSRTC and APSRTC will ply several buses to the temple town from different parts of the Telugu states. The TSRTC Regional Manager, Khammam, Esther Prabhu Latha, has confirmed that around 400 buses will be plying on the occasion.