Thousands witness Teppotsavam
- Spiritual ecstasy and gaiety reigned supreme on the banks of Godavari in Bhadrachalam as a multitude of devotees witnessed colourful ‘Teppotsavam’ (float festival) held amid royal opulence in the famous pilgrim centre.
- With fireworks lighting up sky, tastefully-decorated ‘Hamsavahanam’ (swanshaped boat), carrying processional idols of Lord Rama and His consort Sita, made five circular rounds in the river with its mirror image casting its golden hue in the placid waters, much to the delight of the devotees.
- Thousands of devotees occupied vantage positions along ‘karakatta’ (flood bank) on shores of the river and witnessed the celestial boat ride in reverence, amid chanting of Vedic hymns by the priests.
- Earlier, the utsav idols of the presiding deities of the historic Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Devasthanam were brought to the banks of the Godavari in a ceremonial procession.