Officials at the Triveni Sangama in T. Narasipur have already started making the necessary preparations for the smooth conduction of Kumbha Mela on the orders of the District Minister G. T. Devegowda (GTD). Only seven days are left for the Kumbha Mela event which is the reason Devegowda wants all his district and taluk-level officials to gear up and make the preparations.
The 11th phase of the Kumbha Mela will take place from Feb. 17 to 19 at the Triveni Sangama. Cauvery, Kapila, and Spatika rivers confluence at this place. GTD recently held a preliminary meeting at the Adichunchanagiri Samudaya Bhavan in the town. According to GTD, all the 10 events of the Mela started by Sri Tirucchi Mahaswamy of Kailasa Ashram and then took forward by Suttur Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji 30 years ago received an overwhelming response. Adichunchanagiri Seer Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji was instrumental in taking the event further after Sri Tirucchi Mahaswamy.
GTD Orders Development Works On Priority
GTD said, “About 10 lakh devotees are expected this year. Officials must focus on all aspects including cleanliness, transportation, accommodation, security and other areas for the success of the Kumbha Mela.” He further added that MLAs Dr. Yathindra Siddharamaiah and M. Ashwinkumar three times conducted the Development Works Progress Review Meetings. According to GTD, the State Government has bestowed all the responsibility of the event to the local MLAs.
There has been a demand for the construction of a temporary bridge between the Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple and the Agastheswara Swamy Temple. To ensure that the construction starts sooner, the District Minister called Vijaya Bhaskar, State Chief Secretary and asked him to give directions to the Land Army so that they can begin construction.
Special Facilities For Kumbha Mela
The District Minister also instructed the officials so that they can make arrangement for free bus facility from Bannur, Chamarajnagar, and Mysuru bus stands and ensure their smooth transition to Kumbha Mela. They will use minibusses to bring people from T. Narasipur and surrounding villages.
On the order of GTD, the CESC officials will illuminate the streets that connect bus stands, the temple, major circles, bus stands, and riverbank surroundings. As per his order, the PWD officials will have to see to it that roads on both the old bridges and those connecting Mysuru Circle to Agastheshwara Swamy Temple are developed. The District Manager also orders the officials to make the sandbag-filled road built temporarily a bit wider so that the devotees can participate in havanas and homas taking place at the center of Triveni Sangam.
Widening of the road process will include clearing weeds and bushes grown on the bank of the river. The District Health Officer (DHO) will set up temporary health centers with adequate ambulance and staff on both sides of the river. Temporary rooms will be built on the river banks at bathing ghats to help the devotees change their clothes after taking a holy dip in the sangama. The local Panchayat Development Officers (PDOs) are overseeing all the preparations of different works.
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