M. V. Subramanyam

On an average, nearly 10,000 people reaching Idupulapaya every day

Not many curbs at place where YSR’s remains are buried

People breaking coconuts and placing garlands

KADAPA: A large number of women and men are thronging the Idupulapaya Estate near Vempalle in Kadapa district to visit the grave of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and pay homage to him.

Idupulapaya had been out of bounds for common people for security reasons ever since YSR became the Chief Minister in May 2004. The sprawling estate, the favourite sojourn of YSR, was under tight security cover and even VIPs, party leaders, functionaries and mediapersons had to pass through checkposts after thorough frisking by armed police personnel on the Vempalle-Idupulapaya road.

Idupulapaya used to teem with policemen, many of whom were perched atop nearby hillocks to keep vigil on the estate when he visited it at least once a month since 2004. A police force is still stationed at Idupulapaya, but there are not many curbs now on entering the premises where YSR’s mortal remains were buried.

People who could not be present for YSR’s funeral on September 4 have begun visiting the place from the next day. On an average, nearly 10,000 persons including women and children are reaching Idupulapaya every day using different modes of transport like tractors, cars, mini-buses, etc. With memories of their leader still fresh in their minds, they are breaking coconuts, placing garlands, lighting incense sticks, offering prayers with folded hands and prostrating before the ‘samadhi’. Many of them break down.

Visitor from MP

The burial site is encircled by an iron fence painted in the colours of the tricolour. Mahesh Kumar Shukla came all the way from Madhya Pradesh, after seeing on television how people revered YSR.