Medak: The district and temple administrations are gearing up for making grand arrangements for the celebration of the annual Jathara at Sri Vana Durga Bhavani Temple and Edupayala temple of Ghanpur village. Collector Bharathi Holikare held a review meeting with officials on Thursday to discuss the facilities needed for pilgrims during the three-day annual festival to be held from February 24 to February 26.
The Collector asked engineering officials to complete the restoration works on a war footing. The works were taken up after the recent rain havoc, which caused grave damage to the temple during September and October, 2016. The Collector asked officials to place sign boards in the river and at Ghanpur anicut, a reservoir constructed across the river Manjira, indicating the depth of water, to prevent drowning of devotees. She instructed the Engineering Department to erect sufficient barricades to help the temple administration and police streamline the influx of devotees. Since the temple administration is expecting an increased influx of devotees on January 27, the auspicious Magha Amavasya day, Ms Holikare directed officials to make all arrangements to meet the demand.
Talking about the annual Jathara, the Collector asked the RW&S and Irrigation Departments to ensure the supply of safe drinking water, besides placing enough temporary toilets to prevent open defecation. Ms Holikare suggested the health department to set up 10 health camps on the premises of the temple by roping in enough doctors and paramedical staff, besides arranging for ambulances. She also asked them to construct enough temporary bathrooms for female devotees. The Collector also directed the Excise Department to prevent liquor sales around the temple. She instructed the TSRTC to operate sufficient bus services from all corners of Telangana to the temple premises.
The temple is famous for its location in the middle of river Manjira. The name of Edupayala is derived from river Manjira, as she is divided into seven small streams exactly here, reuniting again at various places downstream. The place is also known for its natural and unique rock formations.