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Queue lines sans devotees on Indrakeeladri, the abode of goddess Kanakadurga in Vijayawada, on the fourth day of Dasara Navaratri festivities on Tuesday.
Queue lines sans devotees on Indrakeeladri, the abode of goddess Kanakadurga in Vijayawada, on the fourth day of Dasara Navaratri festivities on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

The Goddess will be decked up as Saraswati on Moola Nakshatram day

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.

Thin turnout

There was a sudden drop in the pilgrim turnout to the temple of goddess Kanakadurga atop Indrakeeladri on the fourth day of Dasara Navaratri on Tuesday.

The goddess was adorned as ‘Gayatri Devi’ and the temple was kept open from the early hours of the day. The crowd was thin from the early hours and there was not much rush even during the evening hours.

Bathing ghats wore a deserted look and the officials did not open the shower bath facility, as there was no demand. The fears of swine flu continued to dominate the festive mood, as the pilgrims were seen using masks without fail. After another day of argument with the police, the temple priests, at last, managed to get permission to reach the hillock on their motorcycles and went into the temple from the main gate.

The first three days saw arguments between the police and the priests, as the former insisted that the latter go to the temple only through the queue. On Tuesday the police entered into an argument with the videographers of news channels about the issue of entering the temple, which led to the staging of a dharna by the journalists.

Krishna district Collector Peeyush Kumar and Police Commissioner K.V. Rajendranath Reddy visited the temple in the evening and reviewed the facilities for the pilgrims.



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