Tirupati (AP), Aug 16 (PTI) A six-day Vedic ritual, held once in 12 years, concluded today at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala.Also Read - Mumbai: BMC Announces Water Cut in These Areas For Two Days | Check Details Here

Around 40 high priests took part in the “Astabandhana Balalaya Maha Samprokshanam, during which they plugged minor cracks and holes inside the sanctum sanctorum of the 2000-year old shrine using a herbal paste harder than concrete mix, amid chanting of hymns, a temple official said. Also Read - Instagram Reels Tutorial: Here's How You Can Make Trending Reels On Instagram, Watch Video

The ritual began on the night of August 11 and as part of it priests also performed ‘homams’ in 28 ‘homa gundams’ (fire altars), each one dedicated to a deity, built inside the temple complex for the purpose. Also Read - Ahead of Chhath Puja, Over 10000 Devotees to be Vaccinated in Delhi: All You Need to Know About Centre’s New Campaign

During the six days of the ritual, the number of devotees allowed into the temple was drastically reduced and only 1.6 lakh had darshan of the presiding deity during the period when priests took breaks.

Consequently, the collection in the ‘hundi’ (offering box) also dipped considerably, the official told PTI.

The hundi collections registered a record low of Rs 54 lakh yesterday, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.