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Bhadradri decked up for Vaikunta Ekadasi

Bhadradri decked up for Vaikunta Ekadasi
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Bhadradri, the Dakshina Ayodhya, is all decked up to celebrate the Vaikunta Ekadasi Adhyanotsavalu in Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Devasthanam from...

Bhadrachalam: Bhadradri, the Dakshina Ayodhya, is all decked up to celebrate the Vaikunta Ekadasi Adhyanotsavalu in Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Devasthanam from December 19 to January 8. Lakhs of devotees from Telangana and neighbouring States are expected to participate in various programmes. The town’s main thoroughfares have been decorated and illuminated giving a new look to the streets. Welcome arches have erected at all the important road junctions, whereas Mithila Stadium and Rama temple have been given a facelift.

The highlights of the event include Pagalpatu Utsavalu to be held from from December 19 to 28, Rapattu Utsavalu from December 29 to Jan 8 and Vilasotsavalu from January 9 to 11. Officials are busy making arrangements for conducting festivities on a grand scale.

They are also set to organise Dongala Deepostvam on January 5, Srimannalavar Paramapadotsavam on January 7, Sakala Devatala Alankaaralu on January 13. During the festivities, the deity is decorated, and special pujas would be performed. Later, the deities would be taken out in a procession to the Mithila Stadium where a special stage is erected.

After the darshan, the priests will conduct Aruveedhiseva. During the next eight days, Lord Rama would be decorated in different avatars. They include Matsyavataram on December 19, Kurmavataram on 2O, Varaahavaratam on 21, Narsimhavataram on 22, Vamanavataram on 23, Parasuramavataram on 24, Sriramavataram on 25, Balaramavataram on 26 and Krishnavataram on 27.

On December 28, Teppotsavam will be organised in the Godavari river. Speaking to The Hans India, EO K Prabhakar Srinivas said Nitya kalyam in the temple will be suspended in view of Ustavalu. Tickets costing Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 250 are being sold for the benefit of devotees to have darshan through the Vaikunta Dwaram.

They are also being made available online. The EO said special darshan queue lines and special counters to sell two lakh laddus are being readied. About one lakh devotees are expected on December 28 and 29.

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