The annual Bhavani Deeksha relinquishment has started at Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri with devotion on Tuesday amid Covid-19 protocol. The devotees can relinquish their deekshas for five days from January 5 to 9. The temple administration has made elaborate arrangements for the relinquishment of Deeksha.
Devotees in large numbers from various parts of the state usually throng the Kanaka Durga temple to relinquish their Bhavani Deekshas. However, the devotee rush is expected to be low this year owing to Coronavirus impact. It is estimated that nearly two lakh devotees may visit the temple this year.
Temple executive officer MV Suresh Babu, temple trust board chairman P Somi Naidu, head priest V Siva Prasada Sarma and others performed Agni Pratishtapana at 6.50 am to mark the beginning of the Deeksha Viramana. After performing the Agni Pratishtapana, the officials, priests and the Trust Board members participated in Chandi Yagam. The temple administration has arranged queues from Vinayaka temple on Canal Road for the convenience of the devotees visiting the temple.
The temple administration has also distributed food packets for devotes coming from far off places. Keeping in view the Covid guidelines, the temple administration decided to distribute food packets instead of organising Annadanam to the devotees. Tight security has been deployed at the temple to prevent any untoward incident. Earlier, the devotees started arriving at the temple from 5.30 am onwards on Tuesday. From Wednesday, the devotees will be allowed from 4 am onwards, said the Temple Executive Officer MV Suresh Babu. The five-day Deeksha Virmana will conclude with Maha Purnahuti at 11 am on January 9.
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