Forty thousand persons attends Mahashivaratri in year 1880

Publisher Lawrence Asylum Press
Pages 485
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New York Public Library

The Government of Madras in Order No. 1,751, dated 23rd December 1880, entrusted Gordon Mackenzie (Madras Civil Service) with the duty of compiling the Manual of the Kistna District.
Eight miles south-west of Narasaravupett is the lofty hill of KotappaKonda where is held a festival at new moon in February attended by large numbers, perhaps as many as forty thousand persons. There is a considerable trade in timber at this fair. All sorts of wood from bamboo switches to logs and beams, are carted there and are sold before the day is over. There is no made road but as the festival occurs in dry weather the carts go across country without difficulty, except near the village of Yellamanda, where the jungle streams have laid bare small terraces of ‘Kankar’ or calcareous tufa. The temple of Ramalingasvami in this village must be ancient for it contains eight inscriptions, the dates ranging from A. D. 1131, when the Chola kings held this country, down to 1555, when it owned the sway of Sadasiva of Vijayanagar. The shrine upon the hill KotappaKonda, is comparatively modern. No inscription older than A. D. 1750 has been deciphered there, but there are several on hill, on a stone pillar near a lingam on the road to the hill and on a broken stone near a deserted temple to the south of the village, which have not been read, and may throw height on the history of this shrine. The temple, some 600 feet above the plain, is approached by a winding flight of stone steps, which at the festival are densely thronged with pilgrims ascending and descending, the light coloured prabhas or ensigns making the scene very gay and picturesque. Some of these prabhas are stretched over large frame-works drawn on carts by a team of oxen. The hill-top is 1,587 feet above sea level.

కోటప్పకొండ పర్యావరణ కేంద్రం అభివృద్ధికి కృషి

రానున్న ఐదేళ్లలో కోటప్పకొండ ఘాట్‌రోడ్డులో ఉన్న ప్రకృతి పర్యావరణ కేంద్రాన్ని వందశాతం అభివృద్ధి పరచనున్నట్టు అసెంబ్లీ స్పీకర్ కోడెల శివప్రసాదరావు చెప్పారు. శుక్రవారం ఆయన ప్రకృతి పర్యావరణ కేంద్రాన్ని సందర్శించారు.   అధికారులతో సమీక్షించారు. డీఎఫ్‌వో మోహనరావు, ఫారెస్ట్ రేంజర్ హరి, కాంట్రాక్టర్ సుధీర్‌తో కలసి పర్యావరణ కేంద్రంలో పర్యటించారు. నూతనంగా నిర్మిస్తున్న ఎన్‌క్లోజర్లను పరిశీలించారు.  కృష్ణజింక, ముళ్లపంది, సాంబర్(దుప్పిజాతి)తో పాటు పలు రకాల పక్షుల జాతులను వైజాగ్ జూ నుంచి తీసుకురానున్న నేపథ్యంలో వాటిని ఎక్కడెక్కడ ఎన్‌క్లోజర్‌లలో ఉంచాలనేదానిపై పరిశీలన జరిపారు.

అలాగే ట్రాయ్ ట్రైన్ ఇప్పటి వరకు పర్యావరణ కేంద్రంలో అరకిలోమీటర్ వరకు ప్రయాణిస్తోంది. దీనిని కిలోమీటర్‌కు పెంచాలని నిర్ణయించారు. ట్రాయ్‌ట్రైన్ తిరిగే ప్రాంతంలో ఏర్పడిన గుంతలను రోలింగ్ చేయించి పూడ్చాలని ఆదేశించారు. పర్యావరణ కేంద్రంలో అభివృద్ధి నిరంతరం కొనసాగాలన్నారు.

నెమళ్లను ఆరుబయటకు వదిలితే సందర్శకులను ఆకట్టుకుంటాయని చెప్పారు.  కుందేళ్ల ఎన్‌క్లోజర్ వద్దకు కొండచిలువ రావడన్ని అధికారులు ప్రస్తావించగా, జాగ్రత్తలు తీసుకోవాలని సభాపతి సూచించారు. కార్యక్రమంలో మార్కెట్‌యార్డ్ చైర్మన్ కడియాల రమేష్, తహసీల్దార్ లీలాసంజీవకుమారి, ఫారెస్ట్ సెక్షన్ ఆఫీసర్ బద్దూ నాయక్ తదితరులు పాల్గొన్నారు.

కోటప్పకొండలో గవర్నర్ ప్రత్యేక పూజలు

12-12-2015-1గుంటూరు జిల్లా నరసరావుపేటలోని కోటప్పకొండలో వెలసిన శ్రీత్రికోటేశ్వరస్వామిని తెలుగు రాష్ట్రాల ఉమ్మడి గవర్నర్ నరసింహన్ ఆదివారం దర్శించుకున్నారు. స్వామివారికి ఆయన ప్రత్యేక పూజలు చేశారు.




“Vedas are the essence of our Sanatana Dharma and there is need to promote and preserve the tenets for future generations by encouraging Vedic education”, said Honourable Speaker of AP Assembly Dr K Siva Prasad.

The dignitary participated in the inauguration of TTD-run Veda Pathashala at Kotappakonda in Guntur district along with AP Labour Minister Sri Acchennaidu and TTD Trust Board Chairman Dr Ch Krishnamurthy on Sunday.

Speaking on this occasion, he complimented TTD for its initiative in promoting Vedic knowledge by establishing Vedic schools, universities, trust etc. “There is need to take up more and more activities to promote our Vedic knowledge”, he added.

Meanwhile Minister Sri Acchennaidu said, Kotappakonda will soon emerge as knowledge hub for Vedas. “Today history has been written by opening up the Vedic school here and very soon it will become ideal to Vedic Studies”, he asserted.

In his speech, TTD Chairman said, TTD has released Rs.4.15cr towards the construction of Vedic school, hostel and quarters while another Rs.4.65cr for Pilgrim amenities complex and Rs.74lakhs towards setting up two massive statues of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu in the Pathashala premises. “All these works will be completed in next four months time. I am confident that Kotappakonda will emerge as an ideal Vedic institution in the country”, he maintained.

Kotappakonda to Turn ‘Tourist Haven’

Famous hill shrine of Trikuteswara atop the Kotappakonda in Guntur district witnesses lakhs of devotees during ‘Maha Sivaratri’. But on normal days, though it has much to offer to tourist year around, there are lesser takers.

In a bid to change this and ensure that Kotappakonda comes alive with tourists and pilgrims, efforts are being made to make the place a ‘tourist haven’ and make the tourists visit again and again. It is not just the endowments or tourism department, but every department is chipping in and taken up projects worth several crores, which are nearing completion.

According to the temple officials, the devasthanam with the help of endowments department has taken up beautification works at the cost of Rs 2.86 crore. The flooring of the temple premises has been changed with non-slippery tiles. In front of the temple entrance, the moving area has been extended and the area between Lord Ganesha statue and Gollabhama temple have been fortified with railing and a pathway of 17-foot width having interlocked bricks has been developed. Pilgrims visiting the place can have an unhindered view of the scenery from the place.

To facilitate those trekking to the hill shrine from foothills, a 40 feet shed covered with galvanised sheets is under construction. The exit area on the north side of the temple is being extended. ‘Pravachana Mandap’, ‘Yagasala’ and ‘Navagraha Mandapam’ are under construction. “We are also constructing a pilgrim hall, ‘Potu’ (temple kitchen), ‘prasadam’ counters and coconut breaking points,” explained temple executive officer D Srinivas Rao.


He added that a proposal for constructing a 300 m-long ropeway from foothills to the hill shrine will be taken up under public-private partnership mode and the works are expected to be completed in a year.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has chipped in for the development of the region and is setting up a ‘Veda Pathasala’ aside from a pilgrim amenities complex with more than Rs 10 crore.

The forest department, on its part, has taken up development of the ghat section by working in tandem with the road and buildings department. An eco-park and a children park have also been constructed, which have giant working models of dinosaurs. The R&B, on its own, is constructing an island and waterfalls, while the tourism department is engaged in constructing Pagoda-style waiting halls and the RWS department has undertaken the beautification works of the temple.

Once all the works are completed, the temple will emerge as a major tourist attraction, much near to the proposed capital city on the banks of River Krishna in Thullur, the temple officials hoped.

Kotappakonda gears up for festival

The hill shrine of Kotappakonda, the temporal abode of Trikoteswara Swamy, located 13 km away from Narasaraopet is all decked up for Mahasivaratri festivities beginning on Tuesday.

Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the State are expected to converge at the temple. Chanting ‘Hara Hara Mahadev,’ the devotees climb up the hill on foot. The village comes alive on the eve of the festival with a carnival like atmosphere.

The highlight of the festival here is the presence of lofty illuminated ‘prabhalu,’ made of bamboo and decorated with coloured cloth and paper. Some of them are as tall as 60-70 feet and are carried on bullock carts. This year the organisers said that 13 ‘prabhalu’ would be present at the foothills of the hill.

RTC is operating special buses from the bus station complex in Guntur and as well as from other districts. The police have made elaborate ‘bandobast’ arrangements. Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, P.H.D. Ramakrishna said that three ASPs, 15 DSPs, 100 CIs and 200 SIs would man the routes to the hill shrine.

A host of VIPs including Ministers are expected to be present. Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao has taken a lot of personal interest in augmenting facilities. The State government apart from according ‘State Festival’ status, has appointed an Officer on Special Duty for the festival.

The deity on the top of hill shrine is in the shape of Sivalinga and is known as Trikoteswara Swamy. A steep flight of steps lead to the hill and the deity is located at a height of 1,587 feet.

Illuminated `prabhalu’- the main attraction of the festival