Vijayawada

Colourful prabhalu delight multitudes at Kotappakonda

Devotees trek to reach Kotappakonda hill shrine on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR

Devotees turned out in huge numbers at the many abodes of Lord Siva — Sri Trikoteswara Swamy Devasthanam at Kotappakonda, Sri Amareswara Swamy temple in Amaravathi and other temples at Govada and Pedakakani — to offer prayers on the auspicious Mahasivaratri in the district on Tuesday.

An estimated eight lakh people thronged the Kotappakonda shrine and the surge of devotees peaked towards the evening when the sky turned into a riot of colour as tall, illuminated `prabhas’ dotted the skyline. Devotees from the surrounding villages carried as many as 10 ‘prabhas’, which were over 40 feet tall, mounted on tractor trailers. The hill shrine reverberated with the chants hara hara maha deva.

Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and Minister for Endowments P. Manikyala Rao presented the pattu vastramulu at the temple. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Narasaraopet, K. Nageswara Rao monitored the bandobust arrangements.

Special buses

The police did not allow any private vehicle on the ghat road and the APSRTC plied several special buses. In view of the traffic trouble last year, the police deployed additional forces and used drones to monitor the movement of pilgrims.

Non-Governmental Organisations vied with one another to distribute drinking water sachets and butter milk to the devotees.

Later, devotees watched special musical and dance programmes organised by the district administration.

Amaravathi too witnessed heavy rush with more than 75,000 people visiting the temple.

Many of them took a holy dip in the Krishna in the wee hours before visiting the temple.

In Guntur, special poojas were held at Agasthaeswara Swamy temple in One Town.


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