Stage set for Margasira festival

More facilities are being provided to devotees during this year’s Margasira Maasotsavam of Sri Kanakamahalakshmi temple, to be held from December 12 to January 10, 2016. Every year the month-long festival attracts several lakhs of devotees.

Senior citizens and physically challenged would be allowed through the Rs. 200 ticket holders’ queue starting at Sri Sitaraswamy temple, about 300 yards from Sri Kanakamahalakshmi temple. They would be issued tokens a day in advance or the same day.

The general queue lines starting at Kotha road till last year, would be extended up to Turner’s Choultry this year. Traffic would be diverted from AVN College down and only the VVIPs’ vehicles would be allowed up to the temple. Queues for ‘dharmadarshanam’ and Rs. 20 and Rs. 100 special ‘darshanam’ would be from Kotha Road junction, while VIPs and Rs. 200 ticket holders would have entry from the queue starting at Sri Sitaramaswamy temple.

Deputy Collector and Executive Officer of the temple S.J. Madhavi briefed the arrangements being made for the festival at a press conference here on Tuesday.

‘Annadanam’

This year the ‘annadanam’ would be held on the 572-square yard site acquired from the VT College near the temple. Annadanam coupons would be issued to the devotees at the exit point after they completed their darshan. The site is being readied by levelling the floor and constructing a compound wall. Annadanam on Thursdays, considered as auspicious by the devotees, would be at Sri Jagannadhaswamy temple’s choultry. ‘Mahaannadanam’ on the last Thursday (January 7) would be on the road in front of Jagannadhaswamy temple after closing it for traffic. Buffet lunch would be served on that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIPs, temple staff and police personnel would have their food in the new Annadanam building during all days.

The arrangements were finalised during a meeting Collector N. Yuvaraj had with officials of the endowments, revenue, GVMC, police and other departments. Prasadam would be distributed to all devotees and drinking water and butter milk would be provided to the devotees waiting in the queue lines. The entire temple would be under the CCTV surveillance.

‘Rathotsavam’ would be held on December 26 from Ambika Bagh Sitaramachandra Swamy temple to Sri Kanakamahalakshmi temple. Several rituals would be performed at the temple during the festival.

The festival to be held from Dec. 12 to January 10 at Kanakamahalakshmi temple