Surge in pilgrim crowds at bathing ghats

Surge in pilgrim crowds at bathing ghats
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The flow of pilgrims has been gradually increasing at Kotilingala, Saraswati, Pushkara and Goutama ghats. The Pushkaralu went off peacefully on the seventh day also giving relief to the authorities. It was incident-free and pilgrims arriving for holy bath expressed pleasure at the facilities and arrangements.

Rajamahendravaram: As many as 65,000 pilgrims made a beeline to the Godavari river for a holy dip at the ghats of their choice in the district on Saturday.

The flow of pilgrims has been gradually increasing at Kotilingala, Saraswati, Pushkara and Goutama ghats.The Pushkaralu went off peacefully on the seventh day also giving relief to the authorities. It was incident-free and pilgrims arriving for holy bath expressed pleasure at the facilities and arrangements.

Police drafted for the Pushkaralu apprised Collector H Arun Kumar, Sub-Collector Vijaya Krishnan and Municipal Commisisoner V Vijaya Kumar Raju of the arrangements for the visiting devotees at the ghats.

The arrangements were excellent and we could reach the bathing ghats without any difficulty. Taking a holy dip at the Pushkar ghats for women, old and children was made easy with erection of barricades and iron nets,” says a pilgrim arrived from Odisha.
Showers were set up for the differently-abled and the aged at the entrance of the ghats.

Temporary tents were erected to provide shade. Services of incident commanders, swimmers, volunteers were made available round-the clock. Many rural ghats including Munikoodali, Sidhantham, Muktheswaram and I Polavaram were closed on Saturday morning.

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