Mysore, July 16 (KK&SH)-More than one lakh devotees from city and other districts including the neighbouring States made a beeline to Chamundeshwari temple atop the hill where pujas, according to tradition, began from the wee hours today marking the first Friday of Ashaada month.

The day is very auspicious for offering worship and fulfillment of vows. Women far outnumbered the rest among the devout who started assembling at the temple even before the shrine was opened for entry at 5.30 am, braving the cold wind atop the hill, covered by mist.

Pradhana archaka Shashishekar Dixit led the team of priests who began the Pradosha Kaala puja, prescribed rituals including Panchamrutha abhisheka, maharudrabhisheka and archane in the auspicious muhurta marked by Pubba Nakshatra at 3.30 am.

SEL Raju and friends, who have been organising anna santarpane (Dasoha) for the past 25 years, have arranged the service this year also under a large shamiana in the open space on one side of the temple.

The temple will be kept open for public darshan until late in the night. Chamundeshwari Vardhanti will be celebrated on August 1.

The temple management has arranged free distribution of prasada to all devotees, comprising Kallusakkare and puliyogare. Both the interiors and outside temple were elaborately decorated with flowers including marigold and sevanthi.

Stalls in hundreds have come up in all open spaces vending puja articles, including lotus flowers which was commanding a price of Rs. 20 a flower. Special entry on payment of Rs. 100 and semi-special entry at Rs. 20 had been arranged. Long, orderly queues, including devotees lining up for entry without fees, marked the scene.

Platoons of KSRP, CAR and Personnel of Police Stations of KR Sub-Divisions were manning the security. Two troupes of professional artistes were playing naadaswara mangala vaadya.

Police had made arrangements for organised parking of vehicles of all types. Footwear of the devotees was also taken care of by self appointed persons by charging a fee. Steel barricades were fixed in the route leading to the entry point of the temple for crowd control.

DCP Rajendra Prasad, ACP Vishnuvardhan, Inspectors Srinivas (KR Police), Rajanna (Lashkar), Jayaram (Nazarbad) and staff kept vigil during the day, supported by commandos.

CEO Shivalinge Gowda and Palace Temples' Manager Yatiraj were overseeing the arrangements in the temple.

Temple surroundings witnessed a large presence of newly-weds in bright and lively attires.

Dharam Singh among visitors

The early visitors to the temple included former Chief Minister and Bidar MP N. Dharam Singh with family, MLA and Chief Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary S.A. Ramdas, Mayor Sandesh Swamy, Corporators and others.

Speaking to reporters before his departure from the scene, Dharam Singh termed the passing of various bills by Karnataka Legislature early this week in spite of opposition parties dissenting as 'violative of the Constitution.' It should not have been done, he added. Reddy brothers are ignorant about Constitutional provisions. Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was fully conversant with the Constitutional provisions, he averred.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore