The TTD Purohita Sangam today conducted free mass ‘Upanayanam’ (sacred thread ceremony) in a traditional manner here today in connection with Shankara Jayanathi.
Taking part in the programme, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Tirumala Joint Executive Officer KS Srinivasa Raju said the event was started by TTD eight years ago on the occasion of Shankara Jayanthi.
‘This is the first time we ae performing this traditional fete in the newly-constructed spacious Kalyana Vedika stage.
‘Free mass upanayanams have been performed to about 40 boys who registered their names with Purohit Sangh,’ he added. He said more facilities will come up shortly to cater to the needs of the pilgrims. Later, the JEO distributed ‘Vesti’ and ‘Uttariyam'(traditional Garments) to all those who participated in the ceremony. Later, he offered prayers to Saint Adishankara Charya on the occasion of his jayanthi at the Kalyana Vedika premises.