VIJAYAWADA: The Durga temple on top of the Indrakeeladri witnessed a huge rush of devotees on the occasion of Vijaya Dasami and the abandonment of Bhavani Deeksha by the devotees.
The traditional Teppotsavam for Goddess Durga was canceled on the last day of Dasara Navaratri due to huge influx of flood waters in the Krishna River. Priests said the Teppotsavam was canceled 20 years ago due to floods similar to Krishna. So, although all the traditional rituals were performed, Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Nadiviharam on Hamsa Vahanam had to be cancelled.
Goddess Durga appeared as Sri Rajarajeswari Devi to devotees on Vijaya Dasami day. The priests then performed Purnahuti at the Yagasala, marking the completion of the Navaratri festivities.
The devotees who had taken Bhavani Deeskha were flocking to the temple by the thousands dressed in red. Despite the torrential rain, they reached Krishna’s ghats to take a bath and performed all the obligatory rituals in wet clothes.
Durga Temple director D. Bramaramba said the Dasara Navaratri celebrations ended without any inconvenience to the devotees.
NTR District Collector S. Dilli Rao visited Durga Temple on Thursday and interacted with Bhavani devotees. He said the rush of worshipers will continue for another two to three days. Therefore, the authorities continue to provide all facilities.
Bhavani devotees expressed their happiness at the arrangements saying that in the past they had to wait 4-5 hours for the Goddess’ darshan. But this time they could get darshan in an hour.