Visakhapatnam, May 7: Thousands of devotees from various parts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh thronged Sri Varaha Lakhsmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop Simhachalam for the ‘nijaroopa’ darshan of the deity on ‘Vaisakha Suddha Tadiya here on Tuesday.
The Chandanotsavam or the Nijaroopa Darshanam Day, is the annual ritual conducted at the temple. It is only on this day that devotees would have a chance to see the actual shape of the Lord ( Nirjaroopam). On normal days, the Lord in the temple is visible with a layer of Chandanam (Sandalwood paste) covered. It is on the Chandanotsavam day that the Lord's Sandalwood paste is removed and is covered with a fresh layer of Sandalwood paste brought from Andhra Pradesh , Chennia and other places.
After ‘suprabhatam’ on early Tuesday, temple priests removed the sandalwood paste using small gold and silver spades. ‘Abhishekam’ performed with water from Gangadhara (water from a natural stream that flows down the Simhachala hills 24x7 throughout the year)Family members of the temple hereditary trustee P Ashok Gajapathi Raju had darshan of the deity early hours today.
Later, endowment officials presented silk clothes on behalf of the State government . Sarva darsanam of the devotees commenced.Special arrangements are being made for physically-challenged persons. City police had made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order during the festival.
Executive Officer Ramachandra Mohan has appealed to the devotees to come to the temple dressed in traditional clothes. Meanwhile, the temple authorities have made elaborate arrangements to ensure hassle free darshan for devotees. In view of the sweltering heat, the authorities have arranged overhead shade with thatched leaves from the bus stop to the temple entrance for the convenience of devotees.Water packets and butter milk was supplied by the authorities and various voluntary organisations for the devotees, a statement said. (UNI)