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Major temples decked up for Mahasivaratri fete

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Prabhalu will be a big attraction at Kotappakonda

Devotees’ delight:A view of Sri Trikuteswara Swamy temple on Kotappakonda in Guntur district.— Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR
Devotees’ delight:A view of Sri Trikuteswara Swamy temple on Kotappakonda in Guntur district.— Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR

Major temples in the district are bracing for ‘Mahasivaratri’ festival on March 10 and ‘Brahmotsavams’ over the next couple of weeks. Elaborate arrangements are being made to handle the huge number of devotees who will be thronging Amaravati, Kotappakonda and Pedakakani.

Besides, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Mangalagiri is set to celebrate Brahmotsavam from March 18.

Tight security

Tight security is provided at these temples to prevent any untoward incident.

Massive arches made of bamboo sticks and adorned with colourful clothes and lighting (called ‘Prabhalu’) are going to be a big attraction at Kotappakonda in addition to the divine manifestation of the presiding deity Sri Trikuteswara Swamy.

The Endowments and Police Departments are striving to make the festival a peaceful affair for the lakhs of devotees converging from across the State. The APSRTC is preparing to operate more than 500 special buses on the occasion.

The Kotappakonda temple and its surroundings are already wearing a festive look with just two days remaining for the three hillocks to reverberate with the chanting of ‘Om Namah Sivaya’.

Minister for Cooperation Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy will be presenting silk clothes on the auspicious occasion.

A large number of VIPs will make a beeline for the temple to invoke the Lord’s blessings. 

Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy temple at Amaravathi is being decked up for Mahasivaratri and also Brahmotsavam which is starting on March 7 (Thursday).

The ‘Rathotsavam’ (chariot procession) scheduled for March 11 will draw massive crowds.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Pedakakani will bustle with activity as a large number of devotees will turn up for Mahasivaratri on March 10 and Brahmotsavam beginning on March 7.

Then there is the famous ‘Rathotsavam’ of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Mangalagiri.

The towering chariot here will be rolling down the market street on March 28. The Brahmotsavam will be celebrated from March 18 for 10 days. There are several other temples which will be teeming with devotees till the month-end and the district administration is leaving no stone unturned to make the festivals a pleasant experience for the devotees.


  • Endowments and Police Departments are striving to make the festival a peaceful affair

  • APSRTC is preparing to operate more than 500 special buses on the occasion



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