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Bhadrakali temple gearing up for Navaratri

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Several devotees will visit the temple to witness the Goddess in nine different forms

Finishing touches:A painter at work at the historic Bhadrakali temple that is gearing up for the Dasara Navaratri celebrations in Warangal on Saturday.– PHOTO: M. MURALI
Finishing touches:A painter at work at the historic Bhadrakali temple that is gearing up for the Dasara Navaratri celebrations in Warangal on Saturday.– PHOTO: M. MURALI

The historic Bhadrakali temple is gearing up for the grand celebrations of Devi Navaratri beginning from October 16.

Briefing mediapersons here on Saturday, temple trustee Bhadrakali Seshu and executive officer K. Anjani Devi said elaborate arrangements are being made for ‘Durga Sharannavaratri’.

They explained that the celebrations at the temple would be a combination of ‘Nava Durga tradition’ and ‘Saptashatikramam’, which is a unique feature of the temple. The celebrations start with ‘Dwajarohanam’ and ‘Kalasarohanam’ on October 16.

The celebration of Saddula Bathukamma takes place on October 22 and Vijaya Dasami on October 24 on which ‘Tepppotsavam’ would be conducted. The celebrations would conclude on October 25 with the conduct of Kalyanam of Bhadrakali and Bhadreshwara.

Cultural programme

Thousands of devotees would visit the temple to witness the Goddess in nine different forms during the Navaratri celebrations. Special discourses by vedic scholars and music and dance programmes by artistes from different corners of the state form part of the celebrations.

A spiritual discourse on ‘Aranyaparvam’ of Mahabharatam by renowned vedic scholar Dr. Prabhala Subramanya Sharma, ‘Bhu Kailas’ harikatha recital by V. Narasimhamurthy Bhagavatar will be held. ‘Chindu Yakshaganam’ by Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy troupe is expected to be a major attraction.

Other arrangements

The endowments department is erecting special barricades to ensure the smooth flow of queue lines and pandals outside the temple to handle the rush of devotees. Special counters are being set up for ‘prasad’ distribution and safe drinking water for devotees.

Closed circuit televisions and separate arrangements are also being made for parking of hundreds of vehicles.

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