A host of Vedic pundits performed ‘bhoomi pooja' at a sprawling 54-acre land at Yatapaka in Bhadrachalam on Friday for construction of ‘yaagasala' as a prelude to the 12-day Athirathram, the supreme Somayagam, slated to be held in the temple town from April 21.

The Somayagam will be performed by Samatha Lokseva Samithi at Jatayumantapam at Yatapaka in the temple town from April 21 to May 2.

The 12-day Somayagam comprising various special rituals will be held under the aegis of Vedic scholars from Kerala under the supervision of Kesapragada Hariharanadha Sarma.

Two Vedic scholars from Kerala – Shiva Karan Namboothiri and Keshavan Namboothiri conducted the Bhoomi Pooja at Yatapaka on Friday. Mr Hariharanadha Sarma, Bhadrachalam temple trust board chairman K. Panduranga Rao and District Cooperative Marketing Society (DCMS) chairman K. Ramachandra Murthy and others were present.

Later, speaking to newsmen Mr. Hariharanadha Sarma said the Somayagam is intended to herald universal peace and harmony. It will invoke Vedic mantras to usher in prosperity for all and cleanse the environment, he said.

The 12-day Vedic ritual was performed in Kerala in April last year, he said adding that lakhs of devotees are expected to participate in the forthcoming Athirathram in the holy town of Bhadrachalam. Mr Ramachandra Murthy said elaborate arrangements are being made to ensure smooth conduct of the supreme somayagam.

The 12-day Vedic ritual Athirathram was performed in Kerala last year

Lakhs of devotees are expected to arrive in the holy town of Bhadrachalam

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