The five-day festival will take off with Maha Ganapati puja on February 24
The famous tourist attraction and pilgrim centre, Talakona, the abode of Lord Siddeshwara Swami, nestled at the head of the Seshachalam hills, is being spruced up for the Maha Sivaratri, scheduled from February 24 to 28.
More than 3 lakh devotees expected
The temple administration under the Endowments Department is making elaborate arrangements in view of the heavy influx of devotees, which will cross the 3 lakh mark on Sivaratri. Not only from the district, but devotees from neighbouring States also throng the scenic location. The temple authorities said that the five-day festival would take off with Maha Ganapati puja on February 24, followed by ‘ankurarpanam, kalasa sthapana, agniprathishta, dwajarohanam, rudrahomam, navagrahomam’ and other vital rituals.
Gramotsavam on February 26
On February 26, the traditional gramotsavam will be held at Nerabailu village near the temple, followed by procession of the deities of Lord Shiva and his consort. On Maha Shivaratri day, ‘rudrabhishekam’ will commence at 3 a.m., and sarva darshan from 6 a.m., and at midnight, the ‘lingodbhava darshan’ will be provided to devotees.
The arrangements for the devotees, include safe drinking water, queue lines and barricades, plying of APSRTC special buses to Talakona from all depots in Chittoor district and bordering mandals of neighbouring Kadapa district. The police, tourism, health and forest departments are involved in the arrangements.