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Relinquishment of Bhavani Deeksha concludes

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The relinquishment of Bhavani Deekshalu concluded on a grand note at the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam in Vijayawada on Monday. The devotees performed ‘Purnahuti’ as part of the ritual. On the final day, many Bhavanis visited the temple and had darshan of Kanaka Durga Devi.

On Monday, Durga temple Executive Officer (EO) D Bramarambha, along with other officers and Vedic Committee members, performed ‘Purnahuti’ at 11 am at the ‘Chandi Homa Yagasala’ on the premises of the temple.

Assistant EO P Sudharani, Vedic Committee member Vishnubhotal Siva Prasad Sharma, Executive Engineer L Rama Devi, One-Town Inspector Suresh Reddy and Guru Bhavani attended the ‘Purnahuti’.

According to the Durga temple authorities, 5.40 lakh Bhavanis and devotees attended the five-day Bhavani Deeksha Viramana this year. Last year, around 4 lakh Bhavanis and other devotees visited the Durga temple during the period.

Speaking on the occasion, EO Bramarambha said that the rush was regulated by providing darshan from 2 am onwards this year. Compared to the previous year, more devotees visited the temple and had Durga darshan, she said. During the five days of the relinquishment of Bhavani Deekshalu, 15 lakh laddu prasadams were sold out, she added.

She further said that about one lakh devotees submitted their hair at the tonsuring centres. The temple received an income of Rs.45 lakh through darshan tickets of Rs.100, Rs.300 and Rs.500.

For Deeksha Viramana, the temple authorities arranged three Homagundams. Similarly, 80 Irumudi stands were arranged and 300 Guru Bhavanis were there. Also, more than 700 Nayi Brahmins worked in three shifts at the tonsuring centres and three bathing Ghats.

“We are very happy about the successful completion of Bhavani Deekshala Viramana this year. No untoward incident happened. With the cooperation from Bhavani devotees and other devotees, the relinquishment of Bhavani Deekshalu passed off smoothly,” the EO said.

She thanked NTR District Collector Dr S Dilli Rao, Police Commissioner Kanti Rana Tata and Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner Swapnikal Dinakar Pundkar. Also, she appreciated the services provided by the Indian Red Cross Society and the temple staff.

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