The Vaidic committee of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam has finally settled for Punnami Ghat here for conducting the ‘punya nadi harati’ on November 28, the Kartika Pournami day.

A team comprising of revenue, police and temple staff and vaidic committee members inspected the Punnami Ghat here on Thursday. The temple staff agreed to conduct the ritual at the ghat following suggestion from the revenue and police officials.

The vaidic committee members in the last meeting convened by Joint Collector P. Usha Kumari, negated the proposal saying that a burial ground is situated close to the Punnami Ghat. The bodies arriving at the burial ground would obstruct the ritual, it opined. The people, who perform last rites at the burial ground, were likely to take bath at the same ghat.

It was not acceptable if the harati and other rituals were being performed, they argued, adding, Durga Ghat was the best option. The police, however, maintained that they would have to hold the traffic for more than 7 hours if the ‘nadi harati’ were to be conducted at the Durga Ghat. The National Highway traffic would also have to be diverted. The Punnami Ghat was spacious to organise the cultural events, they suggested.

The Vaidic Committee members visited Punnami Ghat and Bhavani Ghat, which are situated upstream of Prakasam Barrage. They were satisfied with the Bhavani Ghat. The other option, Padmavathi Ghat, situated downstream of the Barrage, was not viable as there was no water. In view of these practical problems, the Punnami Ghat was finalised.

The temple authorities will write a letter to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation to close down the burial ground for three days from November 26.

Vijayawada Sub Collector S. Venkat Rao, ACP Harikrishna, Vaidic Committee members Srinivasa Sastry, Shanmukha Sastry, temple Executive Engineer Murali Balakrishna and others were present.

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