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A large number of devotees participate in special puja

Celebration mood:Devotees crossing the Munneru river on a country boat at Sangameswra temple Thirdala in Khammam district on Monday.PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Celebration mood:Devotees crossing the Munneru river on a country boat at Sangameswra temple Thirdala in Khammam district on Monday.PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Jathara (religious fairs) featuring age-old religious rituals began with traditional fervour and gaiety at various famous pilgrim centres in the district on Maha Sivaratri on Monday. These festivities will continue for three days.

Scores of devotees flocked to the historical Sri Sangameshwara Swamy temple at Theerthala in Khammam rural mandal, Sri Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple at Snanala Lakshmipuram in Wyra mandal, and several other famous shrines across the district from the early hours of the day.

Theerthala, the abode of Sri Sangameshwara Swamy, turned into a sea of humanity as thousands of devotees converged on the village to participate in the annual religious fair. The pilgrims took a holy dip at the confluence of three rivulets – Munneru, Akeru and Buggeru before offering special prayers at the historical temple.

The Shiva temples including the ancient 1000-year-old shrine of Kakatiya era at Kusumanchi, Sri Bramaramba Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Annapureddypalli in Chandrugonda mandal, Sri Mrutyunjaya Swamy temple in Madhira, witnessed a virtual deluge of devotees on the occasion of Maha Sivaratri.

A large number of devotees participated in special puja and rituals held at Guntu Malleswara Swamy temple, Sri Kashi Vishweshwara Swamy temple and several other shrines of Lord Shiva in Khammam.


  • Pilgrims take a holy dip at the confluence of three rivulets

  • RTC runs special services to transport devotees



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