The nine-day Brahmotsavam of goddess Padmavathi came to a grand close with `Chakra Snanam' performed at the Tiruchanur temple tank here on Tuesday.
The deity of Padmavathi was given a celestial bath on the banks of the tank `Padma Sarovaram', with water mixed with turmeric, sandal and other aromatic products. According to mythology, the goddess was born in a lotus flower in this very tank on `Kartheeka Panchami' day as per the almanac and hence the festival is called locally `Panchami Theertham'.
Earlier, priests carried `Saarey' (a collection of a silk saree, turmeric, kumkum, bangles etc.) on elephant-back all the way from Tirumala temple to Tiruchanur. It is considered a birthday gift from Lord Venkateswara to His consort.
Later, the deity of `Sudarsana Chakra' (sacred discus) was taken in a procession and given a holy dip in the Pushkarini amid chanting of hymns and to the beat of traditional percussion instruments.
Sri Sri Sri Swaroopananda Swamy of Sarada Peetam, Vizag, TTD Chairman D.Audikesavalu, Executive Officer K.V.Ramanachary, TTD Board Members Smt. Indira Reddy, Sri Alluru Subramanyam, Sri Kale Yadaiah, Dr. Anjaiah, Sri Ch. Sathyanarayana, TTD JEO Sri Seshadhri, TTD Spl Officer Sri A.V.Dharma Reddy, , F.A&C.A.O Smt. Anitha Shah Akella, C.V&S.O Sri B.V.Ramana Kumar, Temple DyE.O Sri ChengalrayuluDist Supdt of Police Sri Laxmi Reddy also took a dip.