Pilgrims folk Chamundi hills for 'Aashada' pooja
This is 'Aashada', the windy monsoon month in the Hindu callender, and tens of thousands of pilgrims visited the famous Chamundi Hills in the city as part of the holy celebrations.
This is the month when the Birthday of Sri Chamundeshwari is celebrated. Pilgrims from all over South India visit the hill shrine to pay their tributes to her and seek blessings. Incidentally, the celebration is observed on all the four Fridays in July.
The Puja started early in the morning even as the pilgrims started arriving since yesterday night. Huge queus were witnessed as woman, children and men arrived at the shrine well in advance.
Elaborate security measures were taken by the police.
While huge number of people trudged up the hill climbing the 1000-odd steps to pay their obscinesence to the Goddess, pilgrims who came in their vehicles were stopped at the foothills and transported free of cost to the shrine by the city administration.
The special pujas conducted by chief priest Shashishekar Dikshit, along other priests, began as early as 3.30 am, with Rudrabhisheka, Panchamrita Abhisheka and Sahasranama, open to public from 0530 hrs, followed by Mahamangalarati.
The Mahamangalarati will be performed once again at 2030 hrs, before closing the temple for the day.
(Posted on 04-07-2014)