The three-day annual Sakambari festival would begin at Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam atop Indrakeeladri on July 23. The Sakambari festival is a special occasion for transforming goddess Kanakadurga into Sakambari Devi. The festival is aimed at propitiating the goddess to bestow people with copious rains, food grains and vegetables.
The Devasthanam Executive Officer N. Vijay Kumar said on Thursday that the temple would be organising the festival in a grand and majestic manner. Activities like ‘chandi homam' and ‘veda pathanam' (recitation of vedas) would be organised as part of the festival. Arrangements like providing drinking water in queue lines, and opening of adequate number of prasadam counters to meet the demand would be made. Devotees could donate vegetables, flowers, or cash for the festival. A procession of utsava murthulu (processional deities) of Kanipakam temple would reach the temple on July 23, the first day of Sakambari festival. The procession would begin at Kanipakam temple on July 15 and pass through Chittoor and Nellore districts before reaching the temple here, Mr. Vijay Kumar said.