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AP CM monitors Pushkaram progress

VIJAYAWADA: Lakhs of pilgrims invoked the blessings of the river goddess Krishnaveni and Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity of ‘Vijayavatika’, on the second day of Krishna Pushkaram, reports The Hindu.

Close monitoring by the Chief Minister himself and top officials of the government ensured that there was no untoward incident. All ghats in the city received a larger number of pilgrims from the early hours, and they had no major difficulty in having a dip in the river and offering Pinda Pradanam to their ancestors, as elaborate arrangements have been made.

Tight security was provided at the railway station and Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), from where the pilgrims reached different ghats.

There was an impressive turnout of pilgrims at Krishnaveni and Padmavati ghats, which were easily accessible, particularly from the PNBS.

There was a good rush at the other ghats, and the pilgrims were satisfied with the arrangements.

Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam was packed as a vast majority of the pilgrims had darshan of the Goddess.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu offered Pinda Pradanam to his parents at his residence on the banks of river Krishna at Undavalli in the morning before getting down to the daily business.

The proceedings were enlivened by the Pavitra Harati given at Pavitrasangamam at the ferry near Ibrahimpatnam. Similar rituals were organised at all other ghats.

The Chief Minister and other dignitaries took part in it along with thousands of pilgrims. A sizeable number of pilgrims from other States came all the way to take part in the festivities.

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