Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has stated here on Sunday that separate State has become a reality due to the benevolence and blessings of Ujjaini Mahakali of Secunderabad.
On the occasion of Bonalu festival in Secunderabad, the Chief Minister, accompanied by his wife Shobha, visited the Mahankali temple in the morning and offered silk clothes and special pujas to the presiding deity. KCR said he had prayed the Goddess for the development of Telangana State and the prosperity and health of the people. He prayed the Goddess to bless the State with adequate rains and good crops. He said the blessings of the Goddess would always be there for the people of the State.
On arrival at the temple, the Temple committee members accorded him a grand reception and at the end of the prayers, they offered theertha Prasadams to the couple. Earlier, Commercial Taxes Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav presented silk clothes to Goddess Mahakali on behalf of the State government. Yadav said the TRS government had declared Bonalu as the State festival last year and released adequate funds for the celebrations. He also said at the instance of the Chief Minister all the Ammavaru temples in Secunderabad were beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion.
Telangana Ministers Eatala Rajender, T. Padma Rao, Indrakaran Reddy, Jagadish Redddy, party MP Keshav Rao, MLA Konda Surekha, TRS leaders D. Srinivas, Konda Murali, Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy also visited the temple and paid obeisance to the Goddess.
Union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatraya, State BJP president G Kishen Reddy, Nizamabad MP Kavitha, Deputy Speaker Padma Devendar Reddy, Telangana Council chairman K. Swamy Goud, Telangana Political JAC convener Prof. Kodandaram, Srinivas Goud and others also visited the temple and worshipped Goddess Mahakali. Top police officials, including Hyderabad city Police Commissioner Mahendar Reddy also visited the temple and offered prayers.
The Endowments department and Temple trustees made elaborate arrangements for the Bonalu festival. The devotees started queuing up at the temple since 2 am for darshan of the goddess. The temple authorities arranged five queues for the devotees and one more for those who were offering ‘bonalu’. Police made elaborate security arrangements. (NSS)