Special Correspondent

Over 1 lakh devotees are expected to have darshan

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Mahasivaratri celebrations and the annual jatara of Sri Durgalamma temple at Poorna Market in the city will be conducted from Thursday to Saturday. Announcing this at a media conference here on Monday, chairman of the temple Koduri Chittibabu Choudary said the 200-year-old temple had witnessed tremendous development during the last three decades with a steady stream of devotees. About one lakh devotees are expected to have darshan during the festival.

“We conduct traditional pujas and daily abhishekams. Those in Bhavani deeksha visit the temple regularly for prayers. The annual jatara will be held for three days during Mahasivaratri and Durga pujas conducted during Navaratri festival. We have plans to install a black granite idol on the same lines as Vijayawada Kanakadurga here by next year. At present, ours is a huge image of cement, painted beautifully twice every year for Mahasivaratri and Navaratri,” he said.

Executive officer of the temple K. Sirisha said the festivities were being organised at a cost of Rs.1.5 lakhs. The revenue was likely to be in the range of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. The temple would be brightly illuminated and cultural programmes daily in the evening would be a big draw on all the three days.

Discourse

There will be a discourse in the mornings on Thursday and Friday on ‘Devi Vaibhavam’ by A. Radhaprasada Rao. Kolatam, ‘Satyaharischandra’ drama on Thursday evening, bhajans, Bharatanatyam, and other cultural programmes would be conducted.

On February 21, a community lunch would be organised for the devotees around noon.