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All roads lead to Godavari; temples decorated to mark the occasion

Auspicious day:Devotees taking a holy dip in the Godavari on the occasion of Karthika Pournami at Pushkar Ghat in Rajahmundry on Wednesday.— PHOTO: S. RAMBABU
Auspicious day:Devotees taking a holy dip in the Godavari on the occasion of Karthika Pournami at Pushkar Ghat in Rajahmundry on Wednesday.— PHOTO: S. RAMBABU

On the occasion of Karthika Pournami festival, East Godavari temples were spruced up with devotional activities and thousands of people had holy dip in river Godavari. Endowments Department had conducted ‘Mana Gudi’ programme in every village and Temple Trust Boards, local people were engaged in this activity. Even in small temples and chowltries managed by the Endowments have arranged ‘Annadanam’ to all devotees and poor feeding was arranged at different places. Temples were decorated as part of Mana Gudi and cultural activities were organised in big temples along with spiritual discourses.

Jwala Thoranam, which is also called Karthika Deeparadhana was arranged in most of the Siva temples that includes Pancharama Kshetras-Samarlakot Kumara Bheemeswara temple, Draksharama temple, Pada Gaya in Pitapuram, Annavaram Veera Venkata Satyanarayana temple, Kotipalli Sivalayam, Muramalla Veereswara Swami temple, Uma-Markandeya Swami temple, Uma-Ramalingeswara Swami temples in Rajahmundry and some other Vishnalayams. Popular temple of Lord Ayyappa in Dwarapudi, Rajahmundry and other places also celebrated Karthika Jwalathoranam festival. All the above temples were decorated with natural lighting by hundreds of women from the evening and Akhanda Jwala Thoranam was lighted by priests of respective temples.

In Rajahmundry, Budhavarapu Charitable Trust, which is organising Punnami Harati on each Poornima day to river Godavari, arranged special programmes on the eve of Karthika Poornima.

Cultural programmes including dance and Karnatic music was arranged on the banks of river Godavari at Pushkara Ghat.


  • Jwala Thoranam is also called Karthika Deeparadhana

  • Budhavarapu Charitable Trust arranges special programmes


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