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Car festival draws a huge number of devotees

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The procession that began at 3.45 p.m returned about two hours later

Devotees invoking the blessings of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy during the Radhotsavam held at Mangalagiri in Guntur district on Thursday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Devotees invoking the blessings of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy during the Radhotsavam held at Mangalagiri in Guntur district on Thursday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

The grand spectacle of 'Radhotsavam' (car festival) of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy held here on Thursday attracted a huge number of devotees.

The processional deities of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and His consort Rajyalakshmi Ammavaru were taken in the gigantic chariot through the market street amidst a large congregation of devotees who poured in from early morning.

The town reverberated with the chants of 'Jai Lakshmi Narasimha' as the wooden chariot moved on graciously through the jam-packed street.

The procession that began at 3.45 p.m, went up to the Midde Centre and returned from there about two hours later.

The car festival brought the curtains down on the annual 'Brahmotsavam'. The `Radhotsavam' was preceded by `Kalyanam' performed in the late night of Wednesday.

Devotees had darsan of Sri Panakala Narasimha Swamy atop the hill and hundreds of them trekked to the `Gandalayam' situated on top of the hill to invoke the blessings of the God.

A large oil lamp was lit by them as had been the tradition for centuries.

The town wore a festive look as the devotees converged on the temple town well in advance and the market street was dotted with temporary shops that sprang overnight.

Petty vendors had a field day as there was a good demand for toys and other items sold by them at low prices.

Tight security arrangements were made by the police to avert any untoward incident.


  • The town reverberated with the chants of 'Jai Lakshmi Narasimha'

  • Hundreds of devotees trekked to the `Gandalayam' situated on top of the hill



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