Lakhs throng Kondagattu

Devotees line up to participate in Hanuman Jayanti fete
KARIMNAGAR: The ancient Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple in Kondagattu of Mallial mandal has been spruced up for Hanuman Jayanti festivities. The three-day long festivities began and Monday and will continue till Wednesday. The temple authorities made elaborate arrangements to organise the celebrations on a grand scale.
Around two lakh devot-ees, who are on Hanum-an Deeksha, are expected to visit the temple to perform rituals during the-se celebrations. Braving scorching heat wave conditions, devotees from various parts of Telanga-na, AP and other neighb-ouring states thronged the historic temple and offered prayers.
Earlier, the devotees took a holy dip in the newly-constructed temple pond and lined up in serpentine queues for having darshan of the presiding deity. Temple executive officer D. Narasimhulu said that a Homam was performed on the second day, besides organising several cultural programmes. He said that Purnahuti would be performed on the concluding day of the celebrations.
As part of the arrangements, temple has been illuminated with dazzling lights, besides erecting pandals, first-aid centres and drinking water camps, he added.
It is said that the ancient shrine was established around 600 years ago and the presiding deity is known for fulfilling the desires of the devotees. Devotees who are on Hanuman Deksha for 11, 21 and 41 days would visit the temple and culminate their rituals on Hanuman Jayanti Day.
Usually, around three lakh devotees turn up at the temple during the festivities, but the devotee influx is likely to decrease due to RTC employees' strike. About one lakh devotees thronged the temple on Monday and Tuesday. The temple earns around '40 lakh through sale of darshan tickets and other sevas.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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