Warangal: Devotees in large numbers thronged Rudreshwara temple, popularly known as Thousand Pillar temple, in Hanamkonda on Tuesday on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.
They started arriving at the temple, located on Hanamkonda-Warangal main road, from 4 am on Tuesday. Huge rush at the temple forced devotees to stand in long queues that extended up to half a kilometre on the road. Thousands of devotees witnessed ‘Rudreshwara Kalyana Mahotsavam’.
Other Shaivite temples, including Laxmi Ganapathi temple in Excise Colony, Hanamkonda, also witnessed heavy rush of devotees who offered ‘Abhishekam’ to the Lord.
At Kaleshwaram Mukhteeshwaram temple, located on the banks of River Godavari in Mahadevpur mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, thousands of devotees thronged the temple to offer prayers to the Mukteeshwara Swamy. After taking holy dip in River Godavari, devotees made a beeline to the temple.
There was an increased in the number of devotees coming from neighbouring States of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh with the inauguration of the bridges across Godavari last year.
Manthani MLA Putta Madhu offered silk robes to Mukteeshwara Swamy –Subhanand on the occasion of their Kalyanam. Mahabubabad SP Nandyala Koti Reddy offered prayers at Veerabhadra Swamy temple in Kuravi, Mahabubabad district.
Meanwhile, Shaivite temples in erstwhile Warangal district, including Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in Inavole and Sri Someshwara Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Palakurthy of Jangaon district, were abuzz with devotees.
VIPs line up for special pujas
All Shaivite temples in erstwhile Karimnagar district teemed with devotees on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Tuesday. People, especially political leaders, performed special pujas to Lord Siva.
While Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy performed pujas in Vemulawada shrine, Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender performed pujas at Sri Mruthyunjaya Maha Devalayam at Lower Manair Dam in the outskirt of Karimnagar town.
The Endowments Minister along with local MLA Ch Ramesh Babu presented silk clothes to Raja Rajeshwara Swamy of Vemulawada on behalf of the State government.
Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank chairman K Ravinder Rao, Irrigation Development Corporation chairman E Shankar Reddy, Rajanna-Sircilla district Collector D Krishna Bhaskar were among those who performed pujas along with the Minister.
Minister Etela Rajender along with local MLA Rasamayi Balakishan performed pujas in Mruthyunjaya temple. TPCC vice-president Ponnam Prabhakar and Congress SC Cell chairman Arepalli Mohan also visited the shrine. Prabhakar also performed pujas in Chigurumamidi temple.
Government Chief Whip Koppula Eshwar with his family members offered ‘kode mokku’ to Lord Shiva at Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Pegadapalli mandal headquarters of Peddapalli district.
TSRTC chairman Somarapu Satyanarayana performed pujas at Swayambhu Shiva temple, Rajinedu, Peddapalli, while Peddapalli MLA Dasari Manohar Reddy performed pujas at Goureddipalli shrine.
Karimnagar legislator Gangula Kamalakar performed pujas in Old Bazar Shiva temple in the town.
All Shaivite temples witness heavy turnout
Shaivite temples in Sangareddy, Siddipet and Medak districts recorded heavy influx of devotees on Mahashivaratri on Tuesday. Popular temples – Vana Durghavani Temple, Edupayala, Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy temple, Jharasangam, Mallikarjuna Swamy temple and Komuravelly – attracted huge number of devotees.
The devotees offered prayers after taking holy dip in the temple ‘pushkarani’.
It took more than two hours to get one’s turn to have darshan at Edupayala, Komuravelly, and Jharasangam. Deputy Speaker M Padma Devender Reddy and MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy presented silk ‘vastrams’ to the presiding deity at Edupayala. The Deputy Speaker said that they had made all arrangements in view of Mahashivaratri.
Kethaki Sangameshwaram Swamy temple also witnessed devotees from Karnataka and Maharashtra since it is located very close to both the neighbouring States. Devotees from Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana arrived at Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple to have a darshan of the presiding idol. Many devotees preferred to stay on the premises of the temples during Mahashivaratri.
To meet the demands of devotees, TSRTC operated over 170 special buses to Edupayala. Meanwhile, Police Department deployed sufficient personnel at all the important temples.
Religious fervour grips Adilabad
All prominent abodes of Lord Shiva were packed with devotees in view of Mahashivaratri which was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across erstwhile Adilabad district on Tuesday.
In Mancherial district, the ancient Sri Bugga Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Kannala village of Bellampalli mandal, Sri Mallanna Swamy Devalayam in Velala village of Jaipur mandal and Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in Kattherasala of Chennur mandal saw a heavy rush of devotees from several parts of the district.
The devotees made a beeline to the three temples from early morning. They travelled on bullock carts, trolleys, auto-rickshaws and cars to reach the holy shrines. They formed serpentine queues and had darshan of presiding deities. After performing special prayers, the devotees dined under trees and make-shift tents.
Sri Gouthameshwara Swamy temple situated on the shores of Godavari river and Sri Vishwanatha Swamy temple recorded huge number of devotees. The devotees took holy dip in the river before having darshan of Lord Shiva. Traffic came to a grinding halt at Sri Bugga Rajeshwara Swamy temple causing inconvenience to devotees for several hours.
Meanwhile, Sri Papahareshwara Swamy temple of Kadili in Nirmal district and Sri Sivamallanna Swamy temple of Easgoan in Kaghaznagar mandal, Sri Shivakeshavalayam of Wankhidi, Sri Bhadrakali temple in Penchikalpet mandal, Sri Rangadameshwara Swamy Devasthanam of Bejjur mandal in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district brimmed with devotees.
In Adilabad, devotees visited the ancient cave temple Sri Someshwara Swamy Alayam at the famous Kuntala waterfalls in Neradigonda mandal. Local voluntary organisations and philanthropists distributed food for the poor in the surroundings of the temple. They provided buttermilk, gruel and mineral water to the visitors as well.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of the festival. Drinking water facilities and parking lots were created for the convenience of devotees. Sanitation measures and security arrangements were in place. TSRTC operated special buses from several towns to the shrines.
Abhishekams mark festivities
Shaivite temples reverberated with chants of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ in Suryapet and Nalgonda as large number of devotees performed Abhishekam and other pujas on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Tuesday.
Sri Meenakshi Agastheeshwara Swamy Temple at Wadapally teemed with devotees on the auspicious day.
The devotees took holy dip at the confluence of Krishna and Musi rivers before having darshan at the temple. Minister for Power G Jagdish Reddy performed puja at Sri Meenakshi Agastheeshwara Swamy temple.
Devotees had to wait in queues which extended up to a kilometre at Chaya Someshwaralayam and Pachala Someshwaralayam in Panagal of Nalgonda district on the auspicious day.
Sri Parvathi Jadala Ramalingeshwaralayam at Cheruvugattu also witnessed over one lakh devotees on the day.
In Suryapet district, five-day Mahashivaratri celebrations commenced at Sri Shabulingeshwara Swamy temple in Mellacheruvu on a grand scale. TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy participated in special puja at the temple.
Special pujas were performed at the ancient temples at Pillalamarri village in Suryapet district and people from surrounding villages thronged the temples to have darshan of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day.