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A prayer for a shower of vegetables!

Staff Reporter

— PHOTO: RAJU_V.

A different garland: Devotees pick the vegetables used in the decoration on the premises of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam on Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Sunday.

VIJAYAWADA: The three-day annual ‘Sakambari' festival of goddess Kanakadurga on Indrakeeladri concluded on Sunday. The temple priests offered ‘Poornahuti' as Chandi Homam marked the conclusion of the festival. About one lakh people were estimated to have turned up for the festivities.

The temple was kept open from the early hours of the day. Though it was drizzling in the morning, devotees visited the temple in large numbers to have a dharshan of the goddess decorated with garlands made of different kinds of vegetables.

Women outnumbered men and the former came along with their children. The devotees were seen plucking the vegetables from the garlands that were draped on arches and entrance to the temple.

The devotees said they were taking the vegetables as ‘prasadam' of the presiding deity. They felt that the goddess would shower them with abundant vegetables throughout the year.

The presiding deity was decorated as ‘Sakambari Devi' with vegetables, green leaves and flowers.

The temple was decked up with vegetables, and the environs were filled with devotion.

Devotees from several places in the State thronged the temple to offer many kinds of vegetables, including carrots, lady fingers, cauliflowers, cabbage and tomatoes.

Many varieties of fruits and flowers were also used as ornaments to deck up the deity. The ‘Sakambari Utsavam' was being celebrated from 2007 to propitiate the deity for good rains, bountiful harvest and copious yields of vegetables.

The event, aimed at appeasing rain god to provide good rainfall and ensure that there should not be any dearth of water for agriculture, was being celebrated since then.

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