Temple authorities distribute pens and photographs of presiding deity to them

Students made a beeline for Indrakeeladri to participate in ‘Vijayee bhava’ programme organised by Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam here on Monday.

The examination fever seemed to have gripped the students if the huge turnout was any indication.

Nearly 40,000 students have turned up from early hours and the rush continued till late evening. At a point of time, the queue line went up to Om turning and beyond.

The well-timed ritual, with several examinations round the corner, was a big draw, given the overwhelming response it received from the target groups. The students and their parents began pouring in at the temple hours before the start of the ritual to secure the ‘pens, sacred threads' etc., which were kept in front of the deity.

The temple precincts were jam packed with students of all age groups. The Bhavani mandapam, atop Indrakeeladri, where the yagam was performed from 8 a.m. onwards, was virtually invaded by them. Though the authorities announced that the students would have to come in uniform or carry identity cards, the staff on duty did not insist on it and allowed them to have free darshan.

International cricketer V.V.S. Laxman was attraction at the programme.

The cricketer performed Khadgamala pooja along with his family members. Later, he took part in the ‘Vijayee bhava’ and distributed sacred threads and pens to students. The authorities estimated that 30,000 students would throng the shrine. The temple authorities distributed pens and photographs of presiding deity goddess Kanaka Durga to the students who had darshan of the deity.

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