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Picturesque spot for Bathukamma finale

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao


The hillocks near the Padmakshi temple are being spruced up for the grand event


— Photo: M. Murali

Makeover:The historic Padmakshi temple in Hanamkonda getting ready for Bathukamma festival.

WARANGAL: The huge hillocks bang in the middle of Hanamkonda, where the historic Padmakshi temple is located, are being spruced up for the grand finale of the Bathukamma festival scheduled for October 15.

The hillocks, which were once deserted and in bad shape, have seen major developments during the past few years and have now turned into a spot worth paying a visit in the town.

Bushes cleared

Temple committee chairman Thakur Bharat Singh said the hillocks were cleaned up by clearing the bushes and unwanted growth around. Two approach roads were laid to reach the top – a ghat road and another track for walkers. The age-old steps carved on the hill were sheltered with a roof. On the hillocks, the temple was provided a new roof and enough parking space created for vehicles. “This temple belongs to the Kakatiya period and was in bad shape until recently. Now, lot of development has taken place in the recent past. The four-acre lake downhill was beautified with plantations, lighting and sanitation work,” Mr Bharat Singh explained.

Arrangements reviewed

On Monday, District Collector N. Sridhar who is also the special officer of the Municipal Corporation visited the Padmakshi temple and reviewed the arrangements for the Bathukamma celebrations.

Huge congregation

According to the chairman, nearly three to four lakh women visit the Padmakshi lake to immerse Bathukamma on October 15. All the departments – police, Municipal Corporation, medical and health, revenue and others are engaged in making elaborate arrangements to make the programme a grand success.

On top of the hillock, one can find a crevice in a rock on which people believe that the deity, Padmakshi, took birth. According to local legend, the place was frequented by Kakatiya rulers who patronised it.

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