Vijayawada

9-day Dasara festivities at Durga temple from Oct. 10

A view of the Kankadurga temple in Vijayawada  

The Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam is making arrangements for the 9-day Dasara festivities from October 10. It has been organising the festival for nine days since 2011 due to variations in Thithi (date) in Telugu calendar.

The presiding deity will give darshan in one ‘Alankaram’ everyday during the festival. Usually, the festival begins with Sri Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi alankaram on Asviyuja Suddha Padyami, first day.

The priests have decided to deck up the presiding deity goddess Kanaka Durga as Sri Mahishasura Mardhini and Sri Rajarajeswari Devi on the last day.

She would give darshan as Mahishasura Mardhini till afternoon and as Sri Rajarajeswari Devi thereafter.

Temple sthanacharya Vishnubotla Sivaprasada Sarma says the festival would be celebrated for nine days due to astrological reasons.

Navami and Dasami fell on the same day on October 18. The other alankarams include Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi (October 11), Sri Gayatri Devi, Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari Devi, Sri Sarswati Devi, Sri Annapoorna Devi, Sri Mahalakshmi and Sri Durga Devi on subsequent days.

The rush swells leaps and bounds on Moola, birth star of goddess Saraswati. The festival would end with Teppotsavam, the celestial boat ride of the presiding deity and Her consort, in the Krishna on the Vijayadasami day on October 18.

A 10-day festival was organised in 2010 and last year. The 11-day festivities had last been organised in 1980, which incidentally was the year when Krishna Pushkarams were organised.

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