The footfall on the Tungabhadra pushkar ghats noticed a spike on Sunday with individuals thronging the place earlier than daybreak and at many locations individuals didn’t give two hoots to the ban on ‘holy dip’ and located their means into the river water from locations the place there was no police patrolling.
Bharatiya Janata Get together activists tried to defy the State authorities ban on coming into the Tungabhadra waters by giving a ‘Chalo Tungabhadra’ name, however have been stopped by the police and a few of them who entered water on the pushkar ghats within the metropolis, have been pulled out and arrested.
Panchalingala was one place on the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border the place individuals crossed the river and took a holy dip and got here to the ghats to supply prayers lighting lamps and adorning materials supplied as ‘Pitra tharpana’ with flowers. Majority of individuals, nevertheless, follow the ban and had a bathe tub on the specifically constructed ghats.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad Kurnool chief Khaggolu Harish Babu alleged that the State authorities had spent an excessive amount of of cash on ghats and was interfering with the emotions of devotees by not permitting them to have a dip within the river. “Individuals in Karnataka and Telangana have been taking tub in the identical water and when it flows right down to Andhra Pradesh, or the water that flows into river after a bathe tub can also comprise COVID virus and other people can get contaminated, if one goes by the federal government’s logic,” he alleged.
The Bajarang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists have threatened to enter the Tungabhadra river water once more on Monday as a protest if the State authorities didn’t change its determination. “If the federal government didn’t need devotees to have a holy dip within the Tungabhadra, why did it spend ₹230 crore on ghat works,” he questioned.
In the meantime, the Visakhapatnam-based Sri Sharada Peetham nominated successor peetadhipathi Swami Swatmanandendra had a holy dip within the Tungabhadra at Bichale in Karnataka, which may be very near Mantralayam on the opposite aspect financial institution of the river. He carried out ‘japam’ for a while after which did ‘danda tarpanam’ by performing puja.
The Kurnool police personnel together with District Fireplace Division personnel, nevertheless, saved a vigil on the motion of devotees in any respect the ghats and none was allowed to enter water or come collectively in giant teams.