The historic Hasanamba temple here was opened for devotees on Thursday.
The temple is opened only for a few days in a year during the Hindu month of Ashwayuja. This year, it will remain open till November 5.
The doors of the temple were opened around 12.30 p.m. in the presence of Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar, Hassan tahsildar V. Manjunath and many elected representatives.
Hundreds of devotees stood in queue to have the ‘darshan’ of the deity. Special arrangements are in place for VIPs and those who purchase a pass of Rs. 250 to have darshan.
Hassan MLA H.S. Prakash, Hassan Zilla Panchayat president Ambika Ramanna, Hassan CMC president Srividya and District and Sessions judge J.S. Somashekhar were among the VIPs who had the darshan within minutes after the temple opened.
The district administration has deployed police personnel and Home Guards to ensure smooth conduct of the Hasanamba Utsav.