With solely 4 days left for devotees to have a darshan of Athi Varadar, greater than 5 lakh devotees are anticipated to go to the Sri Devarajaswamy temple in Kancheepuram day by day.
The police and the district administration, together with Hindu Spiritual and Charitable Endowments Division and different line businesses, have made elaborate preparations to keep away from any untoward incident.
The devotees have been requested to come back ready to spend two days or extra on the town because the crowds are anticipated to swell. Amenities to make their wait comfy have been created in hold-up areas and visitors diversions have been effected.
Eleven thousand police personnel, together with 4 IGPs, half a dozen DIGs and 30 SPs, are regulating the gang and doing bandobust obligation within the temple city. ADGP Regulation and Order Okay. Jayanth Murali is tenting within the city and monitoring the safety preparations every day. Apparently, in 1979, your complete bandobust was managed by one Sub-Inspector.
Mr. Murali instructed The Hindu, “Initially, the HR&CE officers anticipated 15,000 to 20,000 devotees daily. The police anticipated 50,000 to 70,000 devotees. After an evaluation, we had been ready for over a lakh of devotees as a precautionary measure at first of the vaibhavam.”
“Final month, about two lakh devotees had been visiting. Now over 2.5 lakh are arriving for the darshan. It’s unprecedented. We’ve got been doing course-correction always in regulating the gang,” the ADGP stated.
Elaborating on the steps taken to keep away from a stampede, the ADGP stated: “We’ve got rectified shortcomings seen within the safety preparations and have taken all precautions. We attempt to assist the devotees get a superb darshan and return house happy. We are going to make sure the occasion is incident-free [till August 17].”
“Stampede occurs when individuals are allowed to congregate in giant numbers close to the temple. To forestall the congregation across the temple, we now have created large hold-up areas at eight locations, slightly away from the temple, and each can accommodate round 10,000 folks. Free meals, water and free bathrooms can be found to devotees right here. Medical doctors can be found right here and LED screens show dwell darshan of Athi Varadar,” Mr. Murali stated.
Mini buses have been organized to drop devotees close to the temple queue. “We are going to preserve them in shelters comfortably after which allow them to contained in the queue, and end darshan with out standing for lengthy hours within the queue,” he stated.
The digital and social media have triggered the unprecedented crowd this time.
Aside from devotion, many individuals are visiting because the occasion occurs solely as soon as in 40 years, police stated. There isn’t any VIP darshan on the final two days, to allow most of the people to get darshan with out a hitch.