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Pilgrims wait for over three hours on Sunday for ‘darshan’; Vellore, Katpadi DSPs camp at Sripuram

Ariyoor Road has to be repaired and widened, say residents

VELLORE: Thousands of pilgrims thronged Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple at Sripuram in Thirumalaikkodi about 7 km from here on Sunday.

Ever since the ‘kumbabhishekam’ on August 24, the temple has been attracting thousands, especially during weekends. One can have ‘darshan’ of Goddess Lakshmi Narayani only after walking through a 1.5-km star shaped pathway. The temple is surrounded by a circular inner pathway, which resembles the Parliament House in Delhi.

With the 10-day Brahmothsavam ending in Tirupati on Sunday, most of the devotees who visited Tirumala on Saturday and Sunday made a beeline to Sripuram. Vellore is about 108 km from Tirupati.

Pilgrims who visited Sripuram on Saturday had to wait for three hours for a ‘darshan.’ On Sunday, the pilgrims had to wait longer forcing the police to send reinforcements to Thirmalaikkodi to regulate the crowd.

Both the Vellore and Katpadi Deputy Superintendents of Police Saravanan and Pattabhi camped at Sripuram.

Residents of Vellore are of the view that the Ariyoor Road has to be repaired and widened from the MGR statue junction in Thorappadi upto Sri Narayani Peedam to ensure smooth flow of traffic, especially when tourist flock the town.

The road connecting the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway and the Ariyoor Road should also be repaired and widened to facilitate the traffic from Bangalore, they said.

The police outpost in Thirumalaikkodi has to be upgraded into a police station in view of the increased tourist arrival.