Telangana

Godavari’s shores come alive with chants

The maha harathi being held at the Laxminarsimhaswamy temple river at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar district on Sunday. - Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh

The maha harathi being held at the Laxminarsimhaswamy temple river at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar district on Sunday. - Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh  

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Priests from Varanasi’s Kashi temple perform the maha harathi ritual. Some organisers had also arranged for free transport for people to attend the mahaharathi celebrations from Godavarikhani coal belt and other regions.

Amid chanting of Vedic hymns, priests who travelled all the way from the Kashi temple in Varanasi performed the maha harathi of the Godavari at the historic Sri Laxminarasimha Swamy Devasthanam in Dharmapuri of Karimnagar district on Sunday night.

Large turnout

In keeping with traditional Karthika masam celebrations, devotees had also arrived at the shrine in large numbers to witness the ritual on the shores of the Godavari.

Some organisers had also arranged for free transport for people to attend the maha harathi celebrations from Godavarikhani coal belt and other regions.

Local priests performed the rudra yagam for the wellbeing of society and world peace.

BJP national general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao, who is also the founder-chairman of Godavari Maha Harathi Committee, had been conducting the programme at temple here for the last two years. Mr. Rao had been campaigning for the protection of Godavari from pollution and its importance for the economy of the region.

This year’s celebrations were attended by Vasudevananda Saraswathi of Shankaracharya Jyothirmatam in Prayaga, Madhavananda Saraswathi of Thogutta in Medak district and Gorakhpur MP Adityanath.

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