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Travancore Royal Family donates Rs 50 lakh for 'Murajapam' in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 11 (UNI) Temple Trust of Travancore Royal Family has donated Rs 50 lakh to world famous Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in connection with the 56-day centuries old 'Murajapam' ritual begins on November 21.
Royal family member Aditya Varma handed over the cheque to the Temple Executive Officer on behalf of Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, Managing Trustee of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trust, who is also the current titular Maharajah of Travancore, sources told UNI.
The 'Murajapam' will end with 'Lakshadeepam' (lighting of one lakh lamps). The ritual was initiated by the 18th century Travancore King Marthanda Varma and conducted once in six years, involves the ceremonial chanting of Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda by scholars from various parts of the country.
About 200 vedic scholars from various mutts and ancient tantric families will take part in the chanting as part of the ritual.
Scholars from Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam and Azhvancheri Mutt will attend the festival. The idol of principal deity Lord Padmanabha will be adorned with traditional gold ornaments in the form of “Kamalamala” and “Sarapolimala” in connection with the ritual.
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