The town which has been bracing up for the Kotappakonda festivities had an unexpected star guest on Saturday. Ace cricketer V.V.S. Laxman visited the town, spent time at the Hindu High School, where he was the chief guest at the annual day function.
Mr. Laxman, known to be deeply religious, visited the Kotappakonda shrine and offered special pooja to Trikoteswara Swamy. Temple Executive Officer Polavarapu Chandrasekhara Rao received the Test star with temple honours and accorded a traditional welcome by offering silk dhotis.
The entire temple complex given a new look
Various facilities provided for the benefit of visitors
As an alternative to sleazy dances by women on chariots (prabhas) and at the foothill during Sivaratri at Kotappakonda, the abode of Lord Trikoteswara Swamy, District Collector B. Venkatesham has decided to organise a mega musical and dance nite by differently abled persons.
While arrangements have been completed in all respects almost three days in advance, the police have taken stringent measures to control the traffic coming in an out of Kotappakonda near Narsaraopet in Guntur district for the Sivaratri festival to be held on Monday and continue till Tuesday morning.
Trikoteswara Swamy temple Executive Officer Polavarapu Chandrasekhar told that festival this year did not get any special grant like every year, but the administration got the entire temple painted inside and outside to give a fresh look to the entire complex.
About Rs. 4 lakhs was spent on it and drinking water facility was being provided in the queue complex by bringing three lakh water packets. Toilet facility was also provided in the complex, which was being readied for the day.
Construction of temporary sheds outside the queue complex, provision of taps on steps and prasadam at foothill were some of the new facilities.
Narsaraopet Revenue Divisional Officer K. Srinivasulu said that ZP and panchayat funds were being used to barricade up to 2 km on both sides of the main approach road and all kinds of shops were coming up at the foothill where ‘prabhas’ would be brought from all over Guntur and Prakasam districts.
Height of ‘prabhas’
The height of the ‘prabhas’ was restricted to 40 feet. The concentration was more on free flow of traffic with one road being made ‘one-way’. Temporary bus stations were provided as about 300 buses would be run by the Guntur APSRTC alone and others coming from neighbouring districts need space for parking.
RTC Regional Manager K.V.R.K. Prasad said that a special facility was being provided for all the passengers to buy their tickets for their journey on both sides.