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Temples decked up for ‘Maha Sivaratri' celebrations

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Streets are decorated with ‘mandapams and thoranams'

Festive lights:Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Devastanam illuminated on the eve of Maha Sivaratri at Yanamalakuduru village on the outskirts of Vijayawada.—Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Festive lights:Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Devastanam illuminated on the eve of Maha Sivaratri at Yanamalakuduru village on the outskirts of Vijayawada.—Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

All the Siva temples in Krishna district have been decked up for ‘Maha Sivaratri' to be celebrated on Monday. The Endowments Department has made elaborate arrangements for the devotees attending the festival.

Sri Durga Malleswari Swamyvarla Devastanam, Sri Parvathi Ramalingeswarla Swamyvarla temple at Yanamalakuduru, Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy temples at Mutyalu, Iluru, Kudali and other places are celebrating the festival on a grand scale.

The management of Sri Parvathi Ramalingeswara Swamy Devastanam has been celebrating ‘Kalyana Mahotsavams' of the presiding deity from February 19 to 22 on Munigiri (Hill) located at Yanamalakuduru village, on Vijayawada outskirts.

‘Tapassu' performed

It is said that 1,000 ‘munis' performed ‘tapassu' on the hill which was called as ‘munigiri', and Parasuramudu gave protection for the ‘munis' during the ‘tapassu'. Later, Sri Prasuramudu installed the idol of Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy on the hill some 200 years ago.

According to history, Many ‘munis' used to have darshan of munigiri as 1,000 ‘munis' performed ‘tapassu'. That sacred place was named as ‘Veyi Munulakuduru', later the locals called the place ‘Yanamalakuduru'. Temple Executive Officer Dulipalla Subramanyam said the temple accommodates Sri Maha Ganapathi, Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy and Shiva Parivaram shrines on Munigiri. On February 20, the Endowments department will perform ‘Prabotsavam', ‘Swamivari Kalyanam' on the next day, and ‘Dwajarohanam', ‘Pavalimpu Seva' on February 22, under the supervision of temple chief priest Guduru Ramalingeswara Vidyasagar. Cultural programmes like – ‘kolatams', ‘bhajans', ‘betala and hirini nrutyams' would be performed during the ‘kalyanotsavams'', said the EO.

The APSRTC is running special buses to the Shiva temples from various districts for Shivaratri festival and the police made traffic diversions for ‘Radotsavam' of the deity, on the last day of the ‘utsavams'.


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