Andhra Pradesh

Alakananda ghat offers serenity and divinity

Showers kept ready for pilgrims at a bathing ghat developed by G&C Global consortium at Muktyala in Krishna district. —PHOTO: V. RAJU

Showers kept ready for pilgrims at a bathing ghat developed by G&C Global consortium at Muktyala in Krishna district. —PHOTO: V. RAJU  

Lush landscaping, other facilities provide an ideal ambience at privately developed ghat

All bathing ghats in and around Vijayawada city will be choked with pilgrims on the 12 significant days of Pushkarams beginning tomorrow (August 12).

The concerted efforts of the official machinery are aimed at preventing over-crowding of the ghats by ensuring equal distribution of pilgrims to ghats across the district. People looking for a peaceful dip in the Krishna away from the terrific crowds have a solution in Alakananda ghat.

Developed at Muktyala by G&C Global consortium, a private conglomerate as a goodwill gesture, the place has extremely serene surroundings, and lush landscaping that provide an ideal ambience for spiritual awakening. Away from the chaotic throes of city life, the Alakananda ghat is located 8.9 km from the Pune-Machilipatnam National Highway.

Confluence of rivers

Standing at this ghat, one has the unique advantage of taking in the beauty of the confluence of Paleru and Krishna rivers. Krishna, at this point, presents an ethereal spectacle, suffusing the skies with its fiery golden hue. It also becomes ‘uttarvahini’ at this point, gently meandering to a northerly flow which is considered auspicious by Hindus.

The panorama unfolding is incredible. Gazing at the tranquil waters is a transcendental experience.

The total area of 300 acres has been acquired by the company to develop an integrated mega tourism infrastructure development project at a cost of Rs.218 crore. “In view of the Pushkarams we shelved our initial plans to launch works immediately and instead, decided to develop bathing ghats for the scores of pilgrims expected to throng the State for a holy dip. We’ll launch the project works immediately after Pushkarams,” said founder Chairman and Managing Director of the company A.V.R. Chowdary, pointing to the three ghats —one for VIPs and two for the general public.

Besides, showers have been arranged in addition to sheds for offering pinda pradanam . A row of toilets are located close by for the public use.

Huge parking space

“We worked at breakneck speed to level this ground and make room for parking space,” said Mr. Chowdary, pointing to a vast stretch of land, which he said could accommodate 5,000-7,000 cars.

“The best part is that this ghat has close proximity with the Muktyala Sri Kotilingala temple and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple of Vedadri, both located at a stone’s throw from this place. Pilgrims can take a holy dip here and walk their way to the two temples,” chipped in Divyendhu Chowdary, executive assistant to Mr. A.V.R. Chowdary.

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