Increased attendance of devotees at Kanaka Durga Temple – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: With Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (SDMSD) authorities lifting Covid-19 restrictions and increasing darshan timings, the rush for devotees has increased at the peak of Indrakeeladri over the past three days.

Durga Temple, which had an average of 15,000 footsteps over the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions and reduced darshan hours, records 20,000 to 30,000 on weekdays and 30,000 to 50,000 on weekends.

It should be recalled that Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam increased the darshan times by two hours in preparation for the relaxation of the curfew, which came into force on March 3.

According to temple officials, morning prayers are held at 4 a.m., followed by the Kadgamalarchana puja, when devotees are allowed to have darshan of the presiding deity. Devotees must purchase special tickets for darshan during the early hours.

Temple Executive Officer (EO) Darbamulla Bramarambha said that they allow devotees to have darshan from 5am to 10pm. Devotees will soon be allowed to have Antaralaya darshan, EO said.

“Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have reduced darshan times and suspended several pujas, including Antaralaya darshan, which was canceled two years ago. With no serious Covid-19 cases, everything is back to normal,” Bramarambha said.

She further said that the temple authorities are making arrangements at the top of Indrakeeladri and Mallikharjuna Mahamandapam for devotees visiting the temple.

“Anticipating the rush, we are making alternate arrangements for vehicle parking, queuing and Annadanam seva. With daily high temperatures, temporary shelters for devotees have been set up at the top of Indrakeeladri,” the EO added.

VIJAYAWADA: With Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (SDMSD) authorities lifting Covid-19 restrictions and increasing darshan timings, the rush for devotees has increased at the peak of Indrakeeladri over the past three days. Durga Temple, which had an average of 15,000 footsteps over the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions and reduced darshan hours, records 20,000 to 30,000 on weekdays and 30,000 to 50,000 on weekends. It should be recalled that Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam increased darshan times by two hours in preparation for the relaxation of the curfew, which came into force on March 3. According to temple officials, morning prayers are held at 4 a.m., followed by Kadgamalarchana. puja, when devotees are allowed to have darshan of the presiding deity. Devotees must purchase special tickets for darshan during the early hours. Temple Executive Officer (EO) Darbamulla Bramarambha said that they allow devotees to have darshan from 5am to 10pm. Devotees will soon be allowed to have Antaralaya darshan, EO said. “Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have reduced darshan times and suspended several pujas, including Antaralaya darshan, which was canceled two years ago. With no serious Covid-19 cases, everything is back to normal,” Bramarambha said. She further said that the temple authorities are making arrangements at the top of Indrakeeladri and Mallikharjuna Mahamandapam for devotees visiting the temple. “Anticipating the rush, we are making alternate arrangements for vehicle parking, queuing and Annadanam seva. With daily high temperatures, temporary shelters for devotees have been set up at the top of Indrakeeladri,” the EO added.

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