Tirupati, Nov 3 (UNI) The four-day religious event Karthika Pournami Managudi will be observed in a big way in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from November 20, Tirupati Joint Executive Officer P Bhaskar said.
The preparation of Akshata (holy rice) for the mega religious event commenced on Saturday in SVETA building here. Speaking on the occasion, the JEO said, Managudi is a programme aimed at bringing back the past glory to the neglected ancient temples and also to bring awareness among the youth about the importance of the temples, puja vidhi and other dharmic activities.
Elaborating the fete, Bhaskar said, this mass religious event was introduced in TTD about six years ago in 2012 along with AP Endowments department. This fete is observed twice in a year during Sravana Pournami and Karthika Pournami across AP and Telengana.
This year, this fete will be observed in the auspicious month of Karthika from November 20 to 23 while on the first day, Mangala Kaisika Dwadasi will be observed in five selected centres in each district of two Telugu states, he said.
Mala Dasari community is the one who took the divine task of propagating the importance of temples and worship in rural areas since ages through devotional sankeertans, he added.
The JEO said, on November 21, Aalaya Sobha will be observed and the selected temples in each district will be cleansed involving local devotees and Karthika Deepotsavam and Managudi will be observed on November 22 and 23 respectively, Mr Bhaskar said.
Earlier, the JEO Released a wall poster for Managudi programme.
Meanwhile, Srivari Seva volunteers, Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad staffs prepared the holy akshatas. HDPP Chief Ramana Prasad and others were also present. UNI