Thousands of pilgrims thronged the ancient and historic Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanams at Vemulawada temple town in Karimnagar district on Monday, the second auspicious Monday of the Kartika month.
Following the holiday on Monday, pilgrims started arriving from Sunday onwards and camped at the temple shrine to offer early morning prayers to the presiding deity, Lord Shiva. People formed serpentine queues to offer prayers to Shiva after having a holy dip in ‘Dharmagundam' (holy tank).
There was heavy rush of pilgrims for the traditional “kode mokku” (tying of ox) at the temple shrine. The womenfolk were busy lighting lamps at the temple shrine as part of ritual during the Kartika month. Incidentally, there was heavy rush at the prasadam counters. The temple priests performed Rudrabhishekham , maha lingarchana , tulasi kalyanam on the occasion.
Temple authorities said that the devotees had to wait for about three to four hours for darshan of presiding deity and participate in tying of ox. Endowments Department Joint Secretary O.V.R. Reddy too visited the shrine and offered prayers.
Sircilla OSD Dharawath Janaki also visited the temple shrine and supervised security arrangements along with the local police.
Temple Executive Officer T. Appa Rao said that they had collected whopping revenue of Rs. 21 lakh only through sale of various puja and other ritual tickets through counters on Monday.