Rajanna-Sircilla: Unlike previous years, the State Culture Department is going to organise cultural programmes in Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple, Vemulawada, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri to be held from February 23 to 25.
Cultural troops will organise events on February 23 and 24. Every year, temple authorities would organise cultural programmes during the jatara. However, this year, the State Culture Department will conduct the cultural programmes. Cultural department director Mamidi Harikrishna visited the temple on Tuesday and examined the premises for arrangements.
Sircilla MLA and IT and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao had on Monday conducted a review meeting with the officials of various departments to discuss the arrangements. The Minister asked the district administration to make all arrangements for the convenience of devotees.
Since it is the first festival after the formation of a separate district in the name of Lord Rajarajeshwaraswamy (Shiva), the district administration is contemplating to organise Maha Shivaratri on a grand scale and make elaborate arrangements. Collector D Krishna Bhaskar is likely to camp in the temple town to look after the arrangements.
The administration, which is expecting about 3 lakh devotees from different districts as well as adjacent States, is trying to attract more pilgrims through publicity and hoardings in all municipal corporations as well as big towns in a big way.
Besides the temple town, shrines located in the villages and mandals would be decorated with attractive lighting arrangements. Gudi cheruvu (temple tank) and Nampalli gutta would also be decorated with special lighting arrangements.
K T Rama Rao has asked the district administration to develop a special app making available all the information about the temple and surrounding tourist locations. He asked the officials to start sanitation work well in advance and bring doctors and other medical staff from Karimnagar and Sircilla hospitals to provide 24 hours medical facility in the shrine at the time of the jatara.
Executive Director D Rajeshwar said that every year, they used to organise cultural programmes but now it is the State Culture Department’s job. They are making elaborate arrangements for the benefit of the devotees, he said.