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Moderate rush on Indrakeeladri

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Bhavani Deeksha devotees begin circumambulation of Indrakeeladri on Wednesday.

VIJAYAWADA: Providing some relief to the authorities of Kanakadurga temple atop Indrakeeladri for the second consecutive day, there was only a moderate rush of devotees who came to relinquish Bhavani Deeksha on Wednesday, the third day of the six-day relinquishment period. The rush was higher during the first two hours of the day but waned during the subsequent hours.

The temple authorities were forced to close the temple for an hour following the death of a cat in the inner temple. The temple was reopened after priests conducted ‘Samprokshana', the purification rituals and special puja.

The devotees who came from far off places complained that the temple authorities had failed to provide basic amenities during the darshan. The places that formed part of the route for circumambulation of the hill (Giri Pradakshana) and the bathing ghats were filled with wastes but the staff deployed for cleaning did not pay attention to these spots, said a devotee who came from Kurnool.

The temple officials said they expected the rush to increase gradually on the remaining days. “We may have to provide round-the-clock darshan for the devotees on the last two days,” said an official. The authorities arranged a picture of the goddess at a place on the national highway near the entrance to the temple, where the devotees commencing circumambulation of the hill are breaking coconuts as an offering to the goddess. Till Tuesday the devotees had to break coconuts even without a picture of the goddess and right on the road, and this invited criticism from the contracts that bagged the rights to pick up the coconut halves.

Free bus service

Clarifying on the free bus service, the temple authorities said that for the convenience of pilgrims coming from distant places the provision of free bus service has been extended up to bus station and railway station. As many as 10 buses were being used for ferrying the devotees between the temple, the bus station and the railway station round the clock, they said.

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