Andhra Pradesh

Krishna water enters Sangameswara temple

Cyclical phenomena: This year, the temple was accessible to devotees for 133 days.

Cyclical phenomena: This year, the temple was accessible to devotees for 133 days.   | Photo Credit: U_SUBRAMANYAM

It is likely to be totally submerged in a couple of days, says priest

The historic Sangameswara temple, after being accessible to devotees for 133 days, since resurfacing from the backwaters of Srisailam Reservoir on March 12 of this year, is all set to enter its submergence phase in the next few days.

Flow of devotees

The continuous inflows to the Srisailam Reservoir has enabled Krishna water to enter the temple, marking the beginning of annual cyclic process.

According to recent estimates, nearly 2,50,000 cusecs of flood water has accumulated in the Srisailam Reservoir and its subsequent increase is likely to submerge the temple. For more than four months, there has been a steady flow of devotees and regular religious rituals were performed at the temple, with special pujas on every Monday.

Temple priest T. Raghurama Sarma adorned the deity Sri Lalitha Devi in the attire of ‘Shakambari Devi’ and performed ‘abhishekam’ to Sri Sangameswara Vepadaru Sivalingam with the waters arising from the confluence of seven rivers, here on Monday. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Sarma said that they have performed ‘Sikhara Puja,’ ‘Sudarasana Homam’, ‘Kalyanam’, ‘Harathi’, ‘Satyanarayana Puja’ (with 108 Kalasams) and several religious rituals to mark the occasion. “The flood waters have entered the temple late Sunday evening and currently one can witness the gopuram of the temple. With the rising water levels, temple is expected to be submerged in a couple of days, probably resurfacing in March or April of 2019,” he added.

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