APSRTC and Railways are operating special services for the festival

A large number of devotees converged for the annual festival – Feast of Tabernacles – also called as ‘Gudarala Panduga,’ in local parlance at Gorantla village here on Saturday.

The sprawling grounds were filled with massive crowds and a festive atmosphere was seen at Gorantla.

Hosanna Ministries who organise the three day event said that the tradition of celebrating ‘Gudarala Panduga,’ had its origins in the Old Testament of The Bible, which recorded incidents where people converged to thank God after a good harvest.

Religious leaders led by John Wesly preached the gospel and called upon the people to shun evil ways and come near to God.

Scores of people from all over the State and from the neighbouring places attended the five-day festival. Devotees worship the God after harvest and pray the Lord for a healthy and wealthy life and give good crops in the coming year, during the festival.

The organisers erected huge tents and provided facilities, like drinking water, food. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and South Central Railways are operating special services for the pilgrims attending for the Feast of Tabernacles.

RTC is running additional buses from various depots from Guntur and Krishna districts for the convenience of the devotees. While the railway authorities arranged trains from East and West Godavari, Krishna and other districts for Gudarala Panduga.

Police arranged security for the peaceful conduct of the annual festival.

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