Braving chilly winds and intermittent showers, thousands of devotees thronged Chamundi Hill to have darshan of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of the city, on the second Ashada Friday today since 5 am.

The district administration had made elaborate arrangements to ferry devotees from the Lalitha Mahal helipad to the hill-top on more than 30 green buses along with other KSRTC buses which included Volvo services.

Many women were seen braving rough weather to offer puja to the steps in their bid to fulfill their vows. Police had deployed Mounted Police to assist Police personnel to keep a close watch on the activities of pick-pockets and other anti-social elements to ensure that no untoward incident occurred.

Private vehicles: Despite there being a ban on movement of private vehicles atop the hill on occasions of this kind, many private vehicles including SUVs were seen moving around the temple premises, which, needless to say, drew the flak of many devotees who had parked their vehicles at the helipad.

Special darshan: Meanwhile on enquiry as to why devotees buying special darshan tickets by paying Rs.100 were not being given direct entry, the authorities said that they could not be given direct entry as there was only one entrance to the sanctum sanctorum but clarified that those buying Rs. 100 tickets could take a shorter route.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore