custom has grown around this legend. The Utsava vigraha of both the Lord and the Goddess
are brought out to the Kalyanamantapam, and negotiations for the marriage of the Goddess
who is said to be born among their class are started between the representatives of
Padmasalis and the divine Lord himself.
Padmasalis have formed themselves into a group, and lots are cast to select a person who
should perform the marriage ceremony of the Goddess and the Lord.
If the lot falls to anyone, it is considered to be the
most divine and auspicious event in the life of that person.
Ahobalam is an ancient and sacred place and there
passage in the Puranas, which mentions that the entire Nallamalai hills from Kurnool to
Chittoor District are a personification of Lord Adiseha himself whose tail end is
Srisailam, whose middle is Ahobalam and whose head is Tirupati.