VIJAYAWADA: More than 60,000 devotees from various places visited Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devastanam and offered prayers to Goddess Durga, who was adorned as ‘Bala Tripura Sundari Devi’ on the second day of Dasara Mahotsavams in the city Friday.
The devotees were allowed into the temple to have darshan of the presiding deity from as early as 3 am and the darshan continued till 11 pm. While there was heavy rush of devotees in the morning session, the number decreased slightly in the afternoon. But again in the evening, devotees thronged as the temple presented a picture of devotion and glory, with Indrakeeladri being illuminated on the occasion of Mahotsavams.
As it was Friday, 150 couples performed ‘Laksha Kumkumarchana’ at Bhavani Mandapam on the temple premises. Vijayawada mayor Koneru Sridhar along with his wife also performed ‘Kumkumarchana’. Telangana legislative council vice-chairman N Vidyasagar visited the temple and had darshan of Goddess Durga.
As the rush of devotees increased, it took about an hour for darshan. Barring some incidents where devotees expressed anger against devasthanam authorities for making them stand in queue lines for a long time, the second day of celebrations were conducted smoothly.
In cultural programmes, 20 artistes hailing from various places in the state performed classical dances and Dandiya on the temple premises. On Saturday, the third day of Dasara Mahotsavams, Goddess Durga will be adorned as ‘Sri Gayatri Devi’.
CM TO Visit Temple Today
District collector M Raghunandhan Rao, city commissioner of police AB Venkateswara Rao and CM’s security officers inspected the arrangements at Durga temple here Friday, ahead of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to the devasthanam on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Temple EO V Trinadha Rao said that Chandrababu ordered the temple authorities to take necessary measures for hassle-free darshan of devotees during his visit. “We are making all arrangements to make sure that devotees do not face any inconvenience during the CM’s visit,” he added.