Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah will have darshan of goddess Kanakadurga on Indrakeeladri on the auspicious “Moola Nakshatram” day on Friday, when the goddess will be decked up as Saraswati Devi.

The Chief Minister will present the customary silk saree to the goddess, which is usually done by the Endowments Minister. This will only be the second visit outside Hyderabad and first to Krishna district for Mr. Rosaiah after taking over as Chief Minister on September 3.

District Collector Peeyush Kumar, who reviewed the arrangements for CM’s visit to Indrakeeladri and other places in the city, told reporters on Tuesday that Mr. Rosaiah would reach Gannavaram airport by a scheduled flight at 3.30 p.m. He would reach the State Guest House by road, and after a brief halt there visit the temple at 5.55 p.m.

After presenting silk saree to the goddess, the Chief Minister would be given the traditional “aashirvachanam” by the priests.

From there Mr. Rosaiah would go to Yanamalakuduru for a visit to the newly constructed temples of goddess Parvathi and lord Vinayaka on the premises of Ramalingeswara Swamy Devasthanam.

Mr. Rosaiah would leave for Hyderabad the same night by a train. As there could be a review of some of the projects and works relating to the city, Mr. Peeyush Kumar asked the officials of revenue, irrigation, VMC and other departments to come prepared with information.

Arrangements reviewed

The Collector reviewed the arrangements along with Joint Collector B. Ramaiah, Police Commissioner K.V. Rajendranath Reddy, Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna, Sub-Collector B.L. Chennakesava Rao, temple Executive Officer (in-charge) E. Gopalakrishna Reddy and others.

Mr. Peeyush Kumar said that only the VIP queue would be closed during the Chief Minister’s visit, and the devotees coming in free darshan queue would be allowed to have the darshan.