Pandals put up on river-bed at Pattisam

Staff Reporter
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Pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Godavari at Pattisam in West Godavari district on Monday.Photo: A. V. G. Prasad
Pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Godavari at Pattisam in West Godavari district on Monday.Photo: A. V. G. Prasad

All the Siva temples witnessed huge crowds in West Godavari district during Maha Sivaratri celebrations on Monday. It was a sea of humanity at Pattisam, the shrine of Sri Satisameta Veerabhadhra Swamy temple, of Polavaram mandal. The temple nestling in the midst of the mighty Godavari river, drew a large number of pilgrims from East and West Godavari districts. Pandals sprang up on the sand beds around the temple and barricades were erected for regulation of the pilgrims seeking a darsan of the deity. The administration had put in place 15 launches for ferrying the pilgrims through the river to the temple. The APSRTC deployed120 buses for transport of devotees from every nook and corner of both districts.

The pilgrims hardly found a problem for a holy bath in the river this time regardless of an unprecedented water crisis in the Godavari.

The points notified for bathing by the administration were heavily guarded by the police to prevent untoward incidents.

The administration which boasted of making heavy arrangements for the pilgrims drew the wrath of the pilgrims for want of basic amenities like drinking water supply at the temple at Pattisam.

It is alleged that the pilgrims undergoing agonizing wait for a darsan, felt the heat of ‘special guests' armed with VIP passes issued by officials ‘indiscriminately'.

Some pilgrims complained that they failed to have a darsan of the Lord even after an agonizing wait for three hours because of this.

The other temples such as Bhimeswara Swamy temple at Bhimavaram, Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple at Palacole and Natta Rameswara Swamy temple at Natta Rameswaram also received huge crowds of pilgrims during the festival.

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