K M Dayashankar
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: Devotees thronged in large numbers to offer prayers to the presiding deities at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy devasthanam in Vemulawada of Rajanna-Sircilla district on Monday.
Thanks to the ongoing Pranahita pushakaralu, the pilgrims making a beeline to the Vemulawada temple shrine after participating in the pushkaralu in neighbouring Mancherial and Jayashankar-Bhupalapalli districts. The devotees were seen arriving in large numbers to the Vemulawada temple shrine to offer prayers to the presiding deities.
Following the surge in pilgrims rush, the devasthanam authorities had cancelled all special puja rituals and allowed ‘laghu’ darshan for early darshan of the devotees, who have formed serpentine queues and waiting in queue lines. The devotees competed in offering traditional ‘kode mokku’ (tying an ox) ritual at the shrine.
The temple authorities had also made elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims such as erection of temporary pandals to protect from blistering heat wave and supply of cool and purified drinking water at various parts of the temple town.