By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: Executive Officer (EO) Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (SDMSD) Darbamulla Bramarambha on Friday sent out invitations for the 10-day Dasara festivities to be held at the temple from September 26 to October 5. Speaking to the media, the EO said elaborate arrangements are being made for the grand celebration at the Indrakeeladri summit and said more than 80% of the work was completed on Friday.

She further said that works such as the laying of queues from the Canal Road section and temporary shelters for worshipers have been completed. More than 10 lakh devotees are expected to visit the temple during the festivities. Devotees will receive sambar rice, pongal jaggery and curd rice like Anna Prasadam. Bramarambha said utmost care was taken in laying the queues, temporary sheds, bathing ghats, water supply points, tonsure room, toilets and kitchen to prepare Laddu prasadam.

“There are only minor works left and they will be completed in a few days as instructed by the Dasara Festival Coordinating Committee. Temple will be decorated with special lights. Separate queues are held for Rs 300 ticket holders, Rs 100 darshanam and VIPs About 800 bath showers have been provided at Durga Ghat and battery powered vehicles will be used to transport the elderly and disabled devotees,” she added.

The deity will be decorated as Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi on the first day of the festival on Ashwayuja Suddha Padyami according to the Telugu Almanac. Goddess Kanaka Durga will be decorated as Bala Tripura Sundari on September 27, as Gayatri Devi on September 28, Annapoorna Devi on September 29 and as Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari on September 30.

The deity will be decorated as Sri Maha Lakshmi on October 1, Sri Sarswati Devi on October 2, Sri Durga Devi on October 3, Sri Mahishasura Mardhini on October 4 and Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi on October 5. The festivities end with the celestial boat ride. of Goddess Kanaka Durga and Lord Malleswara Swamy in the river Krishna on a swan boat.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will visit the temple on October 2 on auspicious Moolanakshatram (Birth Star of Goddess Kanaka Durga) and showcase traditional garments on behalf of the state government. She said additional prasadam meters will be installed at various locations to reduce the rush. “We are preparing to prepare 21 lakh laddu prasadams,” the EO said.

VIJAYAWADA: Executive Officer (EO) Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (SDMSD) Darbamulla Bramarambha on Friday sent out invitations for the 10-day Dasara festivities to be held at the temple from September 26 to October 5. Speaking to the media, the EO said elaborate arrangements are being made for the grand celebration at the Indrakeeladri summit and said more than 80% of the work was completed on Friday. She further said that works such as the laying of queues from the Canal Road section and temporary shelters for worshipers have been completed. More than 10 lakh devotees are expected to visit the temple during the festivities. Devotees will receive sambar rice, pongal jaggery and curd rice like Anna Prasadam. Bramarambha said utmost care was taken in laying the queues, temporary sheds, bathing ghats, water supply points, tonsure room, toilets and kitchen to prepare Laddu prasadam. “There are only minor works left and they will be completed in a few days as instructed by the Dasara Festival Coordinating Committee. Temple will be decorated with special lights. Separate queues are held for Rs 300 ticket holders, Rs 100 darshanam and VIPs. About 800 bath showers have been set up in Durga Ghat and battery-powered vehicles will be used to transport the elderly and disabled devotees,” she added. The deity will be decorated as Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi on the first day of the festival on Ashwayuja Suddha Padyami according to the Telugu Almanac.Goddess Kanaka Durga will be decorated as Bala Tripura Sundari on September 27, as Gayatri Devi on September 28, Annapoorna Devi on September 29 and as Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari on September 30. The deity will be decorated as Sri Maha Lakshmi on October 1, Sri Sarswati Devi on October 2, Sri Durga Devi on October 3, Sri Mahishas ura Mardhini on October 4 and Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi on October 5. The festivities culminate with the heavenly boat ride of Goddess Kanaka Durga and Lord Malleswara Swamy in the River Krishna on a swan boat. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will visit the temple on October 2 on auspicious Moolanakshatram (Birth Star of Goddess Kanaka Durga) and showcase traditional garments on behalf of the state government. She said additional prasadam meters will be installed at various locations to reduce the rush. “We are preparing to prepare 21 lakh laddu prasadams,” the OE said.