TIRUMALA: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) management are making arrangements for setting up a makeshift temple of the Lord Venkateswara on the banks of Godavari river for ensuing Puskharams and to conduct all the regular rituals in that temple as per the daily schedule of Tirumala temple.
The TTD administration will keep the temple on the banks of Godavari for a period of at least a month from the commencement of Pushkarams and a maximum period 45 days as per the demand of devotees, who throngs the river for taking a holy dip during the Pushkarams after 12 years long rest.
In the make-shift temple, the priests will perform all the rituals on the lines of the main temple in Tirumala.
The administration had already selected the priests and other staff for working in the makeshift temple in two shifts in a day and serving deputation orders to them.
A senior grade deputy EO and engineer and security officers are also deputed along with the staff and priests. The TTD joint executive officer Pola Bhaskar is already on the process of identifying suitable location for setting up the make-shift temple on Godavari banks. He along with the revenue officials of East Godavari and West Godavari districts connected to the Puskharams is on the job.
“I have to find a suitable area to construct a makeshift temple for 45 days on the banks of the river and it has to be nearer to the river, why because as part of the daily rituals performing by the TTD priests are also has to give Ganga Harathi, and other sacred Pushkara rituals twice a day,” Bhaskar told Express. Within two days, I have to finalise suitable area for construction and handover the site after marking the area, he added.