Warangal: Bhadrakali Devi Sharan Navarathri Mahotsavam began at the historic Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal on Saturday with festive charm and devotees thronging the shrine in large numbers. Darshan was allowed while adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.
Saturday being the first of the nine-day festival, Goddess Bhadrakali looked resplendent as Bala Tripura Sundari. Amidst chanting of Vedas earlier in the morning, temple priests anointed the Goddess with Nityahnikam and spices, Agni Pratista, Bheri Puja and Kalasha before adorning Her as Bala Tripura Sundari in the Shyle Putri order.
Chief priest Bhadrakali Sheshagiri Rao pointed out that in coming days, the deity will be decorated as Annapurna, Gayatri, Srimahalakshmi, Maha Tripura Sundari, Bhavani, Saraswati and Goddess Durga. On the last Vijaya Dashami day, devotees will witness the Goddess in Her true form.
Sheshagiri Rao also said there will be Vahana Seva for the Goddess at temple premises both in the morning and evening.
Temple authorities have made arrangements for devotees to have Darshan from a distance without letting them gather anywhere.
Bhadrakali Temple executive officer R Sunitha said arrangements for Sharan Navaratri fete are in place. “Devotees are being allowed to have only a glimpse of the Goddess. Masks are mandatory for all devotees, besides physical distancing. Daily rituals for the Goddess will go on as usual. Devotees will, however, not be allowed to take part in rituals like Teppotsavam and Rathotsavam this time,” the EO clarified.