The city has geared up to celebrate Sri Rama Navami, the celestial wedding of Lord Sri Rama and goddess Sita, on Friday. With only hours left for the nine days long festival to commence, the local temples and markets are abuzz with hectic activity as priests and locals alike give finishing touches to preparations for the auspicious event.
The temples across the city have been beautifully decorated and illuminated.
The Rama temples at Patamata, Patamatalanka, Krishnalanka, Ranigarithota, Poornandampeta, Ayodhya Nagar are some of the temple that are spruced up for the festival.
The flagpoles were installed on either side of the roads leading to the temples that were decked up with bunting, streamers and marigold flowers along with colourful blinking lights.
The temples have chalked out various programmes and rituals for the festival. While some temples Patamata ramalayam have already kicked off the festivities by organising Baliharana etc on Wednesday. Almost all the temples have announced ‘annadanam’, community feeding, on final day of penultimate day of celebrations. Dwadasa pradakshina, Unjal seva, processions in the vicinity, spiritual discourses are some of the navami programmes.
The enthusiastic organisers have put up huge pandals at various places in the city. The prominent being the pandals erected at Besant Road, Benz Circle, and One Town. The city is famous for chaluva pandirulu, pandals with date palm leaves, for Sri Rama navami. The festival is celebrated for nine days at the pandals with many devotional programmes on cards at each pandals. Makeshift pandals have been erected in a big way in front of the temples, street corners and in colonies like RTC Colony.
The organisers have printed colourful invitations. Sri Sitrama Kalyana Mahotsava Abhivriddhi Committee of Besant Road has come out with a colourful booklet-invitation with every detail about the programmes and the sponsors as well. The Committee has been organising the celebrations since 1955.