Main celebrations in Karimnagar district to be held at Vemulawada shrine

All Shiva temples, including the Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Vemulawada and Sri Kaleshwara Mukteeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Kaleshwaram and other shrines in various parts of Karimnagar district have been decked up for the annual Mahasivaratri celebrations, which would be held on Monday.

The three-day Mahasivaratri Jatara celebrations got off to a colourful start at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Vemulawada on a devotional note. The devotees started arriving in large numbers from various parts of the State and other parts of the country to offer prayers to the presiding deities Lord Shiva and Parvati at the temple.

The Vemulawada temple is also called as ‘Dakshin Kashi' and one of the ancient and historic Shiva temples in Telangana region. The main festival of Mahasivaratri would be held on Monday, wherein special pujas such as Lingodbhavana and Rudrabhishekam would be performed after midnight.

On behalf of the State government, Government Whip Arepalli Mohan would present silk vastrams to Lord Shiva after midnight.

On Tuesday early hours, the priests from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) would also present silk vastrams to the presiding deities as ritual since ages.

Elaborate arrangements

The Vemulawada Devasthanam authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims visiting in large numbers. Newly appointed temple Jatara committee chairman Bomma Venkateshwar reviewed the arrangements with the temple authorities and instructed them to take utmost priority for the pilgrims coming to the shrine. Superintendent of Police V. Ravinder, along with Sircilla OSD (crimes) D. Janaki, reviewed the security arrangements and deployment of police forces, traffic regulation, parking lots etc. He also instructed the police personnel to maintain patience while dealing with the pilgrims.

Similarly, the endowments authorities have also made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of Sri Kaleswara Mukteeshwara Swamy along the shores of river Godavari. Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu and others would visit the temple shrine and participate in special prayers.

In Karimnagar town, the Bhavani Shankar temple authorities have installed a temporary Shiva Lingam of 25-foot height as a special attraction for the Mahasivaratri celebrations in Bhagatnagar locality. The organisers have made arrangements for offering the abhishekhams at the Lingam during the festival.

  • Special pujas such as Lingodbhavana and Rudrabhishekam to be performed after midnight

  • Government Whip Arepalli Mohan to present silk vastrams to the deity at Vemulawada