Matter of faith:Archakas performing pooja with pens at Inavelli Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple on Wednesday. —Photos: S. Rambabu
Students from various parts of East and West Godavari districts descended on this tiny village of Konaseema, which is also the mandal headquarters, on Wednesday for performing “pen pooja” with ball pens at the Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple here.
Children were seen waiting in long queues from the early hours and each of them was determined to obtain at least two pens to write the ensuing examinations with them.
Every year the temple authorities arrange the ritual on ‘magha bahula chaviti’ day.
“I want to take at least three pens from here. Two for me and one for my friend Rajesh,” said A. Krishna from Nidadavolu.
However, he was disappointed when the temple authorities announced that the distribution of pens would commence on Thursday. The boy was to give his address so that the pens could be sent through post. The authorities also announced that pen distribution would continue up to March 2.
Students believe those who write the examinations with these pens will get good marks.
‘Ganapati homam’, ‘Saraswati homam’, ‘Saraswati yagam’, and ‘Laksha archana’ were performed by chief priest Machari Suribabu, Inavelli Satyanarayana Murthy, Machari Vinayaka Rao, and Machari Rajeswara Rao. Executive Officer Mudunuri Satyanarayana Raju made all arrangements.
“It is our family tradition to participate in the pooja every year. Two of my daughters were blessed with these pens and got engineering seats. I came with my son this year,” said K. Sambasiva Rao of Mummidivaram.
Private schools arranged buses from distant places to Inavelli. Long queues of students from classes 6 to 10 were seen.
“If I get one pen, I will be happy. If I get more, I feel lucky,” a student from Saraswati Sisu Mandir of Ravulapalem said.