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Wadapally gets a facelift

By S. Ramu

The historical Chennakeshava Swamy temple in Adavidevulapally in Damaracharla mandal and Papavineswara Swamy temple at Vellatoor of Mellacheruvu mandal is expected to draw good number of pilgrims.

WADAPALLY (NALGONDA DT.), AUG.27. The Nalgonda district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the Krishna Pushkarams being organised from Saturday at 19 bathing ghats across 11 villages/ towns in five mandals.

The Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, will formally inaugurate the mega event with a holy dip at Wadapally, the confluence of the Musi and the Krishna, along with the Collector, K.Vijayanand, and the Superintendent of Police, N. Balasubrmanyam.

Wadapally in Damaracharla mandal, Mattapally in Mattampally mandal and Nagarjunasagar in Peddavura mandal have been identified as major pushkar ghats and the Government has allotted liberal funds to give a facelift to these places.

Altogether 11 bathing ghats have been constructed and 10 temples have been decked up in the three places alone.

There are five ghats at various places of Mellacheruvi mandal, which is situated on the banks of the Krishna. The remaining three ghats-- Utlapally in Peddavura mandal, Adavidevulapally in Damaracharla, Mahankaligudem in Nereducharla-- are also expected to draw a good number of devotees.

The Collector told The Hindu on Friday that foolproof arrangements had been made to make the event a grand success. "We have erected shelters to accommodate 10,000 to 15,000 pilgrims at each ghat. Boats and swimmers are ready to come to the rescue of the pilgrims,'' he said.

Core committee

A core committee with the Joint Collector, District Revenue Officer, Project Director, DRDA, Executive Director, Watersheds, has been formed to monitor the situation during the Pushkarams.

First aid at ghats

The District Medical Health Officer, Ramesh Chandra, said all the ghats had been divided into four medical zones, namely Nagarjunasagar, Damaracharla, Mattapally and Mellacheruvu.

A team led by a doctor would be posted at each and every ghat. "As many as 66 varieties of medicines are kept in store and 33 vehicles and five ambulances will be made available,'' he said.

Tariffs for rituals

The Government has fixed tariffs to be collected for performing various kinds of rituals at the bathing ghats. The Endowments Department is expecting a heavy demand for pinda pradanam ritual for which the priests are allowed to collect Rs.30.

The time duration fixed for the ritual is half an hour. Though the tariff for Musivayanam is Rs.30, the duration is only five minutes.

Tila danam, Lavana danam (Rs.20), Mahasankalpam, Sariganga Snanam (Rs.10), Laghu sankalpam, Ganga puja, Salagrama danam, Prayachittam and Gouripurja (Rs.5) are the other rituals prescribed by the department.

The District Rural Development Agency has supplied the kits of the all important pinda pradanam and Ganga Puja kits through self-help groups, the Assistant Commissioner, Endowments, V.Venkateswar Rao, said.

Boy washed away

A pall of gloom descended on Nagarjunasagar with the drowning of a 15-year-old boy, Anil, at the third number pushkara ghat a day before the begining of pushkarams. He went deep into the water and was washed away by the flowing water, which was released for the purpose of power generation.

His body was fished out by stopping the power generation. Incidentally, Sagar's father is a Genco employee, according to the police.

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