GUNTUR: All the Pushkar ghats in Guntur district witnessed huge crowds on Sunday, the 10th day of the ongoing Krishna Pushkarams.
While about 11 lakh devotees took holy dip in the district, about 3 lakh of them thronged the Dhyana Buddha and Dharanikota Pushkar ghats at Old Amaravati.
The spurt in the number of pilgrims caused traffic congestion on the road leading to Amaravati from Guntur.
Assuming it as a difficult task to reach the ancient Amaravati, some of the devotees came on their personal vehicles, were seen taking diversion to the ghats like Thallayapalem, Venkatapalem located in the capital region.
As Sunday being the last holiday during the Pushkarams, which will be culminated on Tuesday, people from various parts of the state surged to the Pushkar ghats.
Meanwhile, with the water level at Amaravati ghat increasing by about a feet, the officials put the pilgrims on alert by making announcement through public addressing system about the increasing flow of the river and cautioned the pilgrims against going too deep in the river.
About one lakh people took the Pushkaram bath at Seethanagaram. Civil Supplies Minister Paritala Sunitha took the holy dip in the Pushkar ghat at Venkatapalem and also inspected the Seethanagaram ghat.
The APSRTC transported 5.60 lakh passengers on Sunday. In accordance with the rush of the passengers, the APSRTC management operated 150 additional buses in addition to the about 900 Pushkaram special buses.
While, 100 additional buses have been operated to Amaravati, 50 buses operated to Seethanagaram Puhskar ghat.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inspect the Pushkar Ghat at Daida village in Gurazala constituency on Monday.
According to the official itinerary, the Chief Minister will first leave for Kurnool district and will inspect the Lingalagutta Ghat. From there, he will arrive at Daida by 1 pm and will make a visit to the Pushkar ghat.
From Daida, Naidu will leave to Jaggaiahpet and will inspect the Muktyala ghat.