Full proof arrangements are in place for the auspicious ‘Margasira Masotsavam’ at Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple at Burujupeta from December 15. Speaking to Hello Vizag, S.J. Madhavi, Devasthanam Executive Officer, who conducted a coordination meeting with officials from various departments here on Monday, said that Visakhapatnam MLA (South) Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar would light a lamp at 10.10 a.m. to mark the beginning of the festival. Vedaparayanam, Sapthasathiparayanam, Lakshmi Homam would be conducted every morning, she said.
Margasira Masam, which falls in the 9th month of the Hindu calendar, got its name after Mrigasira Nakshatra, considered highly auspicious for Hindus particularly the followers of Lord Vishnu as the month is believed to be the form of Kesava or Sri Maha Vishnu. During this month, the women in some regions of Andhra Pradesh draw dwaram muggulu – special designs on the floor of the main entrance. As the month is Lord Vishnu himself, the month is very dear to Goddess Lakshmi Devi – wife of Lord Vishnu. Thursdays of Margasira Masam are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and in many regions of the country, people perform Margasira Lakshmivara Pooja / Vratam and specially worship Goddess Lakshmi for health, wealth, and prosperity. It is also believed that married women who find it difficult to conceive if offer their prayers to Lord Kartikeya will be blessed with children.
During the coordination meeting officials also discussed the precautions to be taken at the temple premises due to the COVID-19 situation and steps being taken for hassle-free darshan for devotees. They enquired about the queue lines, several amenities being provided at the premises for the devotees. Traffic police will be present to ensure the free flow of traffic and the GVMC’s help has been sought to maintain hygienic conditions in the surroundings.
Reiterating further Ms. Madhavi said that devotees would not be allowed without mask and without advance slot slips. The advance slot slips which are mandatory to have ‘darshan’ of the main deity during the ‘Margasira Masotsavam’ are being provided since December 7 at Sri Sitarama Chandra Swamy temple, Ambika Bagh, and Sri Jagannadha Swamy Temple, Town Kotha Road.” She also said that to get these advance slot slips, people need to submit their Aadhaar card details. For more details, people can contact on landline nos 0891-2566514, 2566515.
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