Giri Pradakshina Begins At Simhachalam Temple
Visakhapatnam: The annual Giri Pradakshina, a 32-km walk around the famed Simhachalam temple began on Saturday. Thousands of devotees are pouring into the city from neighbouring districts and Odisha to take part in the ritual.
The annual ritual that takes place on full moon day in Ashada month is expected to witness approximately five lakh devotees this year. Seethammadhara, Venkojipalem and Hanumanthuwaka roads have seen an unprecedented inflow of devotees by evening. The rush is expected to continue till the wee hours of Sunday by which time the Suprabhata Seva would begin at the temple.
The Pradakshina starts at the temple and passes through Adavivaram, Arilova, Hanumanthuwaka, Venkojipalem, Madhavadhara, NAD Junction, Gopalapatnam and then back to Simhachalam temple.
The temple authorities have made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the festival. About a thousand police personnel were deployed for the smooth conduct of the festival. In order to avoid inconvenience to the devotees amenities such as water, food and medical aid were provided. Police have directed traffic in some areas to give way to the surging devotees. The rush is expected to continue till the wee hours of Sunday by which time the Suprabhata Seva would begin at the temple.