New equipment suitable for devotees in Simhachalam

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Visakhapatnam: In a move to provide comfort to devotees, Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple has improved amenities.

The ancient shrine not only attracts devotees from northern Andhra but also from neighboring states such as Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajastan and Chhattisgarh.

On weekdays, the temple registers an attendance of about 30,000 people. On weekends, the tally crosses 45,000. Although the shrine’s basic infrastructure is conducive to worshippers, during peak hours most worshipers pour into queues.

But, those arriving from buses and vehicle parking lots have to reach the main temple by walking under the hot sun. During the monsoon, this particular stretch proves all the more inconvenient for the faithful.

Similar misfortunes are experienced by people who approach the ‘annadanam’ counter after darshan.

To alleviate the persistent problem, the temple has erected sheds on a few stretches. From ‘dakshina dwaram’ at annadanam bhavan, a 750ft hangar has been facilitated recently.

With the help of donors, the long shed helps protect worshipers not only from the scorching heat, but also from the rain.

Focusing on infrastructure, Simhachalam temple authorities are stepping forward to create a friendly environment for devasthanam devotees with the help of donors. Devasthanam Managing Director, MV Surya Kala, and engineering officials are encouraging donors to contribute to the development of the temple.

They said it would further speed up the development process. “Lately, with the support of the CMR group, the devasthanam has installed the ‘dwajasthambam’ at the main Simhachalam temple. Similarly, the dwajasthambam for the Kasi Visweswara Swamy temple and the Sitarama Swamy temple have also been installed with the help donors,” shares Dr Srinivasa Raju, Executive Engineer of Simhachalam Devasthanam, with The Hans India.

If the leaders of the devasthanam could give more importance to the donors, the latter would have more opportunities to come forward to contribute to the development of the temple.

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