Visakhapatnam

Devotees told to start ‘Giri Pradakshina’ early

Make special arrangements in view of eclipse: Ganta

Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao reviewed the arrangements being made for the annual ‘giri pradakshina’ (circumambulation around the Simhachalam hill range) on July 27.

He visited the Simhachalam temple and reviewed arrangements on Monday. He offered prayers to the deity and later held a review meeting with VUDA Vice Chairman P. Basant Kumar, temple EO K. Ramachandra Mohan, GVMC Zonal Commissioner, officials of the Fire Services Department and Police.

The Minister said in view of lunar eclipse on July 27, the temple would be closed by afternoon. Those who undertake the ‘giri pradakshina’ normally set out on the long march after praying to the deity at the foothill of Simhachalam on the previous afternoon or evening, and trek the 32-km long route, to reach the starting point and some climb up the hill or take the free buses.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao appealed to devotees to start early on the previous day and complete their ‘darshan’ by noon and cooperate with the temple authorities in view of the lunar eclipse and early closure of the temple this year. He advised the officials to make proper arrangements to avoid any inconvenience to devotees as thousands of devotees were expected to participate in the festival.

He asked the GVMC and temple officials to minimise the supply of drinking water satchets and provide water in glasses to the extent possible. He directed the electricity officials to provide lighting all along the 32-km route and the police to ensure smooth flow of traffic. He asked the officials of the Fisheries Department to position divers near Appu Ghar in view of the possibility of some devotees taking a dip in the sea during the trek.

The Medical and Health Department should ensure setting up of medical facilities and provision of ambulances at some places along the route.

Free buses

The Minister directed the RTC and temple officials to provide free buses from the foothill to the top.

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