Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Friday being the first Aashada Shukravaara and an auspicious day according to the Hindu calendar, thousands of devotees thronged the Chamundeshwari temple atop the Chamundi Hill to have darshan of the goddess.

According to an estimate by the temple authorities, over 15,000 devotees stood in serpentine queues in three places around Chamundeshwari temple, from the early hours of the day.

Every year, special pujas are performed as part of Aashada Shukravara.

The number of devotees visiting the temple for the pujas is expected to increase this year, according to temple authorities.

Having darshan of goddess Chamundeshwari during Aashada Shukravara is considered auspicious for newly-wed women.

In view of this, many newly-married couples visited the temple.

All the temples on the hill had been decorated with flowers especially with sevanthige, marigold and mango leaves.

Annasantharpane (distribution of food) was also arranged on the occasion by the Sri Chamundeshwari Dasoha Trust.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation had introduced 15 additional buses to facilitate devotees visiting the temple.