Elaborate arrangements are being made at the Goddess Kanaka Durga Temple in Indrakeeladri Hills to enable the devotees to fulfil the rituals associated with the relinquishment of their fast to be carried out between November 6 and December 21.
Talking to media persons at the Deeksha Mandapam after shifting of the utsav idol of Goddess Kanaka Durga to the Bhavani Deeksha mandapam and Kalasa Sthapana as part of deeksha on Sunday, Sri Kanaka Durga Swamivarla Devasthanam executive officer M Raghunadh stated that nearly eight lakh Bhavani devotees were expected to visit the temple for darshan this year. Last year, the number of devotees who visisted the temple was around seven lakhs. He said that 13 lakh laddus and pulihora packets were kept ready for distribution of prasadam to the devotees.
Raghunadh said that the mandal deeksha of the devotees would continue till November 10 (Thursday) and ardha mandal deeksha from November 26 to November 30. This would be followed by deeksha viramana/ Chandi homam from December 16 (Friday) to December 21 (Wednesday).
The ritual of Agni Pratisthapana would commence at 7 am on December 16. On December 19, Kalasa Jyothi Utsavam would be launched at 5 pm from Sri Sivarama Nama Kshetram at Satyanarayanapuram, followed by Poornahuti at 11 am on December 21. Temple priest Vishnubhatla Sivaprasad Sarma and chief security officer Satyanarayana were also present.
Meanwhile, thousands of Bhavani devotees from across the state bee lined to Kanaka Durga temple from the morning hours and performed pujas. The devotees after taking a holy dip in river Krishna beelined to Goddess durga temple and performed special pujas and wore Rudraksha malas as part of deeksha. (INN)