Devotees continued to throng Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy devasthanam at Vemulawada shrine here even after the completion of Kartika masam on Monday.
People formed serpentine queues to have darshan of Lord Shiva at the temple shrine since early morning after having a holy dip in the dharmagundam (holy tank). There was heavy rush of pilgrims for the traditional “kode mokku” (tying of an ox) ritual at the shrine.
The temple authorities said that the pilgrim rush had crossed 25,000 on Monday and temple earned a revenue of Rs. 15 lakh only through sale of various ‘seva' and ‘puja' rituals. It is said that the pilgrim rush would continue in view of the ensuing biennial Samakka-Sarakka jatara at Medaram in the neighbouring Warangal district in 2012. It is a tradition for the people of Telangana region to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Parvati at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy devasthanam at Vemulawada before proceeding to Samakka-Sarakka jatara.