Kothagudem: The annual Brahmotsavams of the historic Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy Temple at Bhadrachalam in the district commenced on Wednesday sans the usual grandeur and pomp.
The beginning of the Brahmotsavams coincides with Ugadi, the Telugu New Year which usually is celebrated in a ceremonial manner amid large gathering of public. But with the coronavirus scare prevailing all around, the Endowments Department decided to celebrate the occasion without devotees in attendance.
According to the priests, it was the first such occasion in the history of the Bhadradri temple, that the event was held behind closed doors. The priests opened the temple early in the morning and performed the ‘Ekantaseva’ and other religious rituals with temple doors remaining closed as per the government orders.
The priests decorated the temple premises with mango leaves and flowers. Devotees were disappointed as they could not have darshan of the Lord on the auspicious Ugadi day. Distribution of the traditional Ugadi Prasadam and Panchaga Sravanam were also cancelled.
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