New set of Srivari Padalu at Narayanagiri
Tirumala: Following the damage caused to Srivari Padalu (revered imprint of the Lord’s feet) on the highest peak of Narayanagiri in Tirumala,...
Tirumala: Following the damage caused to Srivari Padalu (revered imprint of the Lord’s feet) on the highest peak of Narayanagiri in Tirumala, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) replaced the representation of the holy feet with a new set on Wednesday. Special puja was performed to consecrate the replacement. Later, addressing media persons, the TTD chairman K Bapiraju, TTD EO MG Gopal and Tirumala JEO KS Sreenivasa Raju said that keeping in view the sentiments of pilgrims; the TTD had replaced the old Srivari Padalu with new ones. “It may take another three or four days for completion of work relating to the covering. Later devotees would be allowed as usual”, the chairman said.
The TTD EO said that a scratch-proof glass was also under making. The glass would be used to cover the holy feet so that no damage was caused in future, he maintained. The JEO said that the scratch was being caused unknowingly due to the breaking of coconuts by pilgrims. However, as per agama sastras, there was no mention of any worship or avahana that was being carried out to the holy feet. So, we have decided not to allow the pilgrims to break coconuts at this point in future”.