Heavy rush at Siva temples as Kaartika month begins
Hyderabad: With the auspicious month of Kaartika beginning on Monday, devotees thronged temples, particularly Sivalayas. As per the traditional Telugu calendar, the Kaartika maasam is considered sacred. In both the Telugu states, devout Hindus observe and perform various rituals from October 31 to November 29 this year.
During the holy month, Mondays are considered very auspicious and devotees perform special poojas in Shiva temples. Since the very first day of the Kaartika maasam this year fell on Monday, it was considered significant and auspicious.
After celebrating Deepawali, devout Hindus rushed to Siva temples to perform special poojas. The famous Shiva temple in Srisailam witnessed unprecedented rush of devotees. After having a holy dip in the Pathala Ganga, the devotees formed serpentine queues to have a darsan of the presiding deity Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy.
The temple authorities made all arrangements to ensure the darshan was hassle-free. Many important temples in Amaravathi, Bhimavaram, Palakollu, Samarlakota, Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada witnessed heavy rush of devotees on Monday. In Telangana State, devotees thronged the Siva temples, especially in Vemulawada and Keesara.
During the auspicious month, the Ayyappa devotees too commence their annual ritual with maaladharana (wearing of sacred Tulasi mala) for their pilgrimage to Sabarimala for either the Mandala Pooja or Makara Jyothi.