K M Dayashankar
Devotees take a holy dip in dharmagundam before offering prayers to the presiding deities at the temple shrine
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: Good news. Devotees visiting the ancient and historic Sri Raja Rajeshwara Devasthanam in Vemulawada of Rajanna-Sircilla district could take holy dip in the ‘Dharmagundam’ (holy tank) very soon before entering the temple shrine to offer prayers to the presiding deities.
The holy tank was closed for the devotees since the outbreak of pandemic Covid virus two years ago. Though the temple shrine was reopened after lock down, the authorities have closed the holy tank to avoid the possible spread of the virus. Pilgrims visiting the shrine believe that taking holy dip in the holy tank before offering prayers to the presiding deities would heal them of all ailments and sins.
Now with the decline of the virus positive cases and pilgrims arriving in hordes to the temple shrine, the devasthanam authorities have urged the Endowments department to allow the devotees to take a holy dip in the ‘dharmagundam’.
Temple Executive Officer L Rama Devi said that they had written to the Endowments Commissioner seeking permission for the reopening of the holy tank, which was closed since last two years for the pilgrims. As the devotees were allowed to take a holy dip in the dharmagundams in all other temple shrines in the state, the Vemulawada temple authorities were expecting a nod for the reopening of the holy tank for the benefit of the pilgrims, the EO said.