On Wednesday, numerous devotees gathered in Alipiri to climb the stairs to Tirumala, which on April 8 led to the 518th anniversary of the death of the holy poet Tallapaka Annamacharya.
On this occasion, artists from the Annamacharya Project of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) presented selected “Annamaiah Sankirtans” while some, disguised as poets and mythological figures, gave a magical performance.
The trek began in Padala Mandapam with Hari Narayanacharyulu, a descendant of Annamacharya, who performed Vedic rituals on the statue of the poet.
Annamacharya Project Leader, S. Dakshinamurthy Sarma, said the TTD is taking steps to showcase the “Sankirtans”, provide meaningful commentary, and make them publicly available.
Since Annamacharya was presumably initiated into Sri Vaishnavism by Sri Ahobila Mutt’s first seer, its current Pope Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Mahadesikan will attend a special event held by TTD on the hills of Tirumala on Thursday.