Berhampur, March 10 (LocalWire) Thousands of devotees thronged to offer prayer at Tara Tarini temple in Ganjam district and witnessed the first day of the grand fair on Tuesday despite the spreading fear of coronavirus and people celebrating Holi, the festival of colour.
“The turnout was however much less compared to last year. We expect more people during the next Tuesday” temple development board (TTDB) secretary Pramod Kumar Panda said.
The 17th-century temple is one of the famous Shakti shrines in the state, located on the bank of river Rushikulya, about 35 km from here.
The devotees climbed 999 steps to reach the temple, located about 709-feet above the sea level to have a glimpse of the Goddess.
They tonsured their babies and offer their hairs to the goddess.
While most of the people preferred to climb, some devotees also visited the temple through the rope-way; operated by a private operator and also via special buses, arranged by the local administration.
At least 12 buses are operating to facilitate the devotees, he said.
Chaitra Mela is one of the biggest fares of the state celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra on each Tuesday.
The fare witnesses a massive congregation on the last Tuesday of the month.
We expect more people during the next Tuesday, Tarini temple development board (TTDB) Pramod Kumar Panda said.