The Visakhapatnam region of APSRTC will operate ‘Pancharamam specials’ for the benefit of devotees visiting the holy places during the auspicious Karteeka masam on November 10, 17 and 24.

Mondays are considered auspicious during the Karteeka masam and the special buses will leave at 5 p.m. on Sundays to reach Amaravati by 4 a.m. on Mondays. They can have a dip in the Krishna River and have darshan of Lord Amaraeswara Swamy. The other holy places to be covered include the temples at Bhimavaram, Palakollu, Draksharamam and Samalkot. The bus would return to Visakhapatnam by 11 p.m. on Monday, Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Rural) P. Jeevan Prasad said on Thursday.

The buses would go right up to the temple and the five temples would be covered in a single day (Monday). Devotees can also avail of special bus services to be operated from Anakapalle, Narsipatnam and Paderu depots, according to their convenience.

Special A/C Indra buses will be operated to the ‘Pancharamas’ for the first time this year. He said that reservation of seats could be done online up to one month before the departure date. One can visit the websitewww.apsrtconline.infor online reservations.

The fare are: Rs.1,925 (Indra A/C), Rs.1,325 (Super Luxury) and Rs.1,225 (Deluxe) for adults and Rs.1,500, Rs.1,025 and Rs.950 for children.

Dhanurmasam specials

Special buses would also be operated to the five prominent Vaishnavite temples during Dhanurmaasam/Margasira months. These specials would leave the Dwaraka Bus Station (RTC Complex) in the city at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to enable devotees to have darshan on Saturdays or Sundays. These buses will be operated on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28..

These buses will cover Dwaraka Tirumala, popularly known as ‘China Tirupati’, Antarvedi (Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple), Appannapalli (Bala Balaji temple), Jagan Mohini temple (Ryali) and Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram.

Mr. Jeevan Prasad said that last year 12 special buses were operated raking in revenue of Rs.3.75 lakh.