Andhra Pradesh: Kanaka Durga temple gearing up for 10-day Dasara festivities this year

Temple plans to introduce ₹500 ticket for VIPs; ‘no quitting Bhavani Deeksha on top of Indrakeeladri during festival’

Temple plans to introduce ₹500 ticket for VIPs; ‘no quitting Bhavani Deeksha on top of Indrakeeladri during festival’

The Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam is preparing to hold the 10-day Dasara festivities atop Indrakeeladi here from September 26 to October 5 this year.

The festival had only been celebrated for nine days according to the Telugu Almanac the previous year.

Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Kanaka Durga Temple Chief Executive D. Bramaramba said the temple expects an attendance of around 10 lakh this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival had been a low-key affair for two years. But this year arrangements have been made based on the estimated number of pilgrims, she said.

The rush of ‘Bhavani Deeksh’ devotees was expected to continue for two more days after Dasara.

“Those devotees are requested to take note that there will be no arrangements to renounce deeksha during the festival. They will have to renounce deeksha at their respective places,” the EO clarified.

She said there would be no ‘antaralaya darshan’ during the festival. All other queues including ₹100, 300 and free darshan would continue as usual.

“We are planning to introduce ₹500 ticket for VIPs this year. A decision will be taken at a meeting on Friday. Other arrangements regarding queues, bath ghats, tonsure centers, service free bus station and prasadam counters will be in place as per previous year’s plan,” she said.

“The amount spent on conducting the festival in the previous year was ₹3 crore. This year, the expenditure is estimated to be around ₹4 crore as the allowance for lighting has been significantly increased,” she said.

Of the total expenditure, ₹2 crore would be spent on lighting, queuing and tonsure centers. “Revenue generated during the festival in the previous year was ₹11.5 crore. This year it is expected to touch ₹15 crore,” she added.

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