Brahmayagna Sahitha Ashtothara Sathakalasabhisheka Mahotsavam commenced with religious fervour in Sri Vijayadurga temple near Kadapa on Friday with yagasala pravesam, vaastu pooja, mantaparadhana, pradhaana kalasa sthapana, chaturveda chandi homam and visesha kumkumarchana.
The temple built by businessman S. Mallikarjuna Rao was illuminated for the festivities for the ninth year. Kalasams set up in 108 temples in various parts of Kadapa district, for which poojas were being performed for 40 days, would be brought to the temple after the 41st day pooja and Astothara Satha Kalasabhishekam would be performed with the holy water for Goddess Sri Vijaya Durga Devi at 3 p.m. on Mahashaada Guru Pournami on July 3, Mr. Rao told newsmen. Panchamrutabhishekam would be performed at 5 p.m. and chandi homam at 7 a.m. everyday from June 29 to July 3, he said.
Navakalasa snapanam would be performed at 4 a.m. on July 3, Brahmayagna poornahuthi at 9 a.m. and Astothara Satha Deepalankaraseva at 6 p.m., Mr. Mallikarjuna Rao said.
A free cardiac and orthopaedic medical camp would be conducted by cardiologist A. Vasant Kumar and orthopaedician P. Nagaseshaiah of Sri Vijayaduga Cardiac and Ortho Centre, Kurnool on July 3. District Collector V. Anil Kumar would inaugurate the medical camp, SP Manish Kumar Sinha would distribute medicines free of cost arranged by Sri Durga Automotives to the patients and Additional SP K.M. Rajendra would open a free lab diagnostic centre.
Free medical tests
In addition, doctors of Santhiram General Hospital and Medical College, Nandyal, would conduct free medical tests. Devotees who have donned Durga maala on Jyeshta Suddha Vidiya would give up their deeksha on Aashada Suddha Pournami and have darshan of Sri Vijaya Durga Devi. Brahmayagna Ashtothara Satha Kalasabhishekam performed every year causes rainfall and the villages in which 108 kalasams were are set up and poojas performed for 40 days prosper, Mr. Mallikarjuna Rao and his son S. Durga Prasada Rao said. Men and women performing Raahukala pooja on Tuesdays for nine successive weeks have benefited by overcoming the problems, they said.
These festivities would be followed by Sarannavarathri and Vasantha Navarathri celebrations later this year, they said. They urged devotees to participate in the celebrations and patronise the temple as they had been doing for the last eight years.