Ramatheertham geared up for the annual festival – The New Indian Express
VIZIANAGARAM: Elaborate arrangements have been made for Srirama Navami celebrations at Ramatheertham Temple in Nellimarla, Vizianagaram. District Collector A Suryakumari, visited the temple on Friday and gave an update on arrangements for the annual event. She ordered officials to make sure worshipers were not inconvenienced. The Lord Rama Temple at Ramatheertham is one of the oldest temples in India. The temple also represents three religions, Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism.
The government of Andhra Pradesh organizes Srirama Navami celebrations in a grand way every year. The government will offer silk robes for the heavenly wedding of Sita and Rama. Srirama Navami celebrations in Ramatheertham have been low-key affairs for the past two years due to Covid-19. Temple authorities expect more than 10,000 worshipers to attend the celebrations on Sunday.
As part of the arrangements, the district administration provided drinking water, temporary toilets, emergency medical assistance (104, 108 vehicles as well as necessary drugs and ORS packets), parking spaces, special transport and an uninterrupted power supply. In view of the rising mercury, tents and mats were also laid out, in addition to provisions to supply Annadanam to over 10,000 devotees. Devotees could obtain Kalyanotsavam tickets at the temple counter. DVV Prasada Rao, general manager of the temple, said a couple could participate in Kalyanotsavam by purchasing a ticket costing 1,500 rupees.
Botcha will offer silk robes to the goddess on behalf of the government
“Tickets are also available online. Devotees can also take darsan by paying 50 rupees and they can even have free darsan,” Prasada Rao said. Collector Suryakumari said former minister and senior deputy Botcha Satyanarayana would gift the silk robes to the goddess on behalf of the government.