Berhampur, September 2 (LocalWire): Hundreds of devotees thronged the historic Ganesh temple at Panchama, about 20-km from here to have a glimpse of the god and to perform the ritual on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Monday.
The devotes, mainly children and women from far off places in the state and from adjoining Andhra Pradesh, had started to gather from the wee hours, to offer their prayers.
According to sources, the district administration has made separate arrangement for the person with disabilities and senior citizens and the administration expects that the crowd will continue to visit the temple till late evening.
It may be noted that during since last two years, the district administration has been managing the festival as the managing committee of the temple has been dissolved by the endowment commissioner.
Sources disclosed that while prasad was not served last year, it has been introduced this year.
The temple also has a tree that attracts most devotees during the occasion, where they perform the rituals. It is believed that the God of Learning appears on the tree that is said to be over 500 years old.
According to the information shared by the local administration, the police made elaborate arrangements for traffic management in the area. “At least six platoons of forces have been deployed in the place,” Berhampur Sadara sub-divisional police officer JK Mohapatra stated.
“Besides several officers and home guards have also been deployed to maintain the law and order situation,” he said, adding that no untoward incident has been reported so far.
The local administration has also engaged several volunteer groups for traffic and crowd management at the temple and the surrounding area.