Thousands Witness 'Nijaroopa Darshan' at Simhachalam Temple's Chandanotsavam

Thousands of devotees flocked to Simhachalam temple in Visakhapatnam for the Chandanotsavam festival, witnessing the 'Nijaroopa Darshan' of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. Authorities made elaborate arrangements to ensure a hassle-free experience, including queue management and traffic control.

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Thousands Witness 'Nijaroopa Darshan' at Simhachalam Temple's Chandanotsavam

Thousands Witness 'Nijaroopa Darshan' at Simhachalam Temple's Chandanotsavam

On Friday, May 10, 2024, thousands of devotees from across the state flocked to Simhachalam temple in Visakhapatnam to witness the 'Nijaroopa Darshan' of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy during the Chandanotsavam festival. The annual event, held in the early hours of the day, drew massive crowds eager to catch a glimpse of the deity in its natural form.

Why this matters: The successful organization of this festival highlights the importance of religious tourism in promoting cultural heritage and economic growth in the region. Moreover, it showcases the collaborative efforts of government agencies and temple authorities in ensuring public safety and facilitating spiritual experiences for devotees.

To ensure a hassle-free experience for the devotees, district officials, in coordination with the police department, Endowment, and Simhachalam Devasthanam officials, made elaborate arrangements for the festival. The officials successfully managed the queue lines, including free darshan, and ensured the free movement of devotees. District Collector A. Mallikarjuna personally supervised the arrangements at the temple.

Key measures included allowing only 90 buses (50 RTC buses and 40 mini buses) to prevent vehicle breakdowns, providing separate parking places for two/three/four-wheelers at Adavivaram and Goshala, and setting up a command control room atop the hill. Senior IPS officers were deputed at various places to monitor the flow of traffic and queue lines.

Devotees praised the authorities for their arrangements, with some expressing happiness over the supply of water, buttermilk, and prasadam in the queue lines. "The arrangements were very good. Most importantly, the movement in the queue lines was free. Though the queue lines were increased, there was no trouble,"said J. Gopal Krishna from Tuni. Some devotees suggested increasing the number ofRTC busesto the hill.

The pleasant weather, compared to the last few days, provided relief to the devotees. Sarada Peetham pontiff Swami Swaroopananda commended the authorities for their work this year, stating, "The arrangements were very good."

As part of a traditional practice, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) presented silk vastrams to the Simhachalam Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple on behalf of Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy. Tirumala temple DyEO Sri Lokanatham handed over the silks to the officials of Simhachalam Devasthanam on the occasion of Chandanotsavam.

The Simhachalam temple, dedicated to Lord Narasimha, is one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in South India. The annual Chandanotsavam festival, which involves the removal of a thick layer of sandalwood paste from the deity, attracts thousands of devotees from across the country. The successful conduct of this year's event, with the cooperation of various departments and the satisfaction of devotees, highlights the significance of this ancient temple and its enduring spiritual legacy.