K M Dayashankar
Temple authorities ensuring wearing facemask and use of sanitisers by devotees in queue lines
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: The ancient and historic Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy devasthanam in Vemulawada of Rajanna-Sircilla district was packed to the brim with the arrival of several thousands of devotees on Monday.
As is a tradition for the devotees to offer prayers to Vemulawada presiding deities before going on a pilgrimage to the ensuing biennial Samakka-Sarakka jatara in Medaram, the temple town was packed with the arrival of scores of devotees. They formed serpentine queues to offer prayers to the deities. The devotees took near two hours for the ‘laghu’ darsha and special prayers were allowed following the heavy rush.
There was heavy demand for the ‘kode mokku’ ritual of tying an ox at the shrine. The devotees took four hours for completing the ‘kode mokku’ ritual at the shrine on Monday. The extension of Sankranthi holidays had also come in handy for the devotees to arrive in large numbers to offer prayers.
The devasthanam authorities were taking all precautionary measure to ensure that the devotee strictly following the Covid norms of wearing facemask and use of sanitisers. The temple authorities were also seen screening the devotees by thermal scanners before allowing them to enter the temple premises.
On the other hand, the police authorities have also launched a special drive against the people for not wearing the facemask in the temple town and imposing fines.