Staff Reporter

Authorities expecting pilgrim rush of 5 - 6 lakh people

Special queue lines ready for kode mokku ritual

Special teams constituted for maintaining sanitation

KARIMNAGAR: Elaborate arrangements have been made for the three-day Mahashivaratri jatara at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanams in Vemulawada temple town from March 5 to 7.

The main festival of Mahashivaratri will be held on March 6 when devotees observe fast and spend the day in devotion and worship of Lord Shiva.

The devasthanam authorities are expecting devotees between 5 to 6 lakh during the three-days festival from the State and neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Arrangements in place

Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanams Chairman Adi Srinivas told The Hindu that they had made arrangements at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh by erecting temporary sheds, special queue lines, drinking water supply arrangements etc. He said that they had installed 150 temporary taps and will be supplying drinking water through special camps at 78 places in the temple town. Besides, about 1.5 lakh drinking sachets will be distributed to the pilgrims.

The authorities have also constructed about 250 toilets to meet the pilgrims rush. Special teams have been constituted for the sanitation at the temple shrine. He also said that they had arranged a temporary bus shelter very near to the temple shrine for the benefit of RTC bus passengers.

He said that they have erected special queue lines to meet the demand for kode mokku (tying of an ox) ritual during the festival. He said that kode mokku devotees will be given free darshan on the occasion. He also said that they are preparing special prasadams for the Mahashivaratri jatara.

Special buses

The RTC will be operating around 300 special buses from various parts of the State.