Srikalahasthi: Srikalahastheeswara Swami temple, one of the major Saivite shrines in Andhra Pradesh, has been decked up for the upcoming Mahashivratri Brahmotsavams that began formally on 16 February and will go on till 29 February.

The temple, popularly known as ‘Vayulinga Kshetram’, is situated in Chittoor district. The ankurarpanam and hoisting of the bhakta kannappa flag as part of the dhwajarohanam was held atop the Kannappa hillock on 16 February. Officials are making elaborate arrangements for the ‘lingodbhava darshan’ on the occasion of Mahashivratri on 21 February.

The temple executive officer, C. Chandrasekhar Reddy, and his team of officials have been taking all measures to ensure the event is hassle-free. Stalls for food and water for devotees will be set up along the queue lines and on the temple premises for 13 days. They are expecting a throng of devotees and the devasthanam, in coordination with the district administration and Tirupati urban police, has made arrangements for pandals, temporary toilets, and bathing ghats along the Swarnamukhi river.

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