The annual Aashada Shukravara (Friday) Puja Mahotsava at the Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hills will begin from July 8. The temple will be opened from 4 am till late in the night during the period.
Aashada is the holy month for Hindus that will begin on July 5 and the district administration is geared up to conduct the festival and handle the rush.
Presiding over a preliminary meeting, on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha said that the puja would be held on four Fridays – July 8, 15 and 22 and 29. The Vardhanthi (birthday) of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is scheduled for July 26.
Taking opinions from the heads of various department officials, the DC sought coordination among them for the grand festival that attracts lakhs of devotees and tourists.
She instructed the CESC officials to provide uninterrupted power supply atop Chamundi Hill including the temple complex and also instructed MCC and Chamundi Hill Gram Panchayat officials to initiate measures for maintaining cleanliness.
With a blanket ban on use of plastic bags in force, she instructed officials to check for plastic bags at the helipad, make arrangements to provide them with cloth bags to carry puja materials and prasadam.
The KSRTC will run special buses to Chamundi Hill to ferry devotees to and from the hilltop free of cost. There will be a ban on entry of private vehicles to the hill top and devotees will have to park their vehicles at Lalitha Mahal Helipad from where they will have to board the KSRTC buses.
Shikha directed the officials to make arrangements related to ambulances, fire services, temporary toilets, drinking water facilities and ticket counters. The PWD officials were asked to barricade the entrance of the temple for smooth movement of devotees.
Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Commissioner Dr M Mahesh Kumar, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, Zilla Panchayat CEO P A Gopal, K R Police Station ACP P Mallik, Chamundeshwari Temple Executive Officer K M Prasad and other officers from forest, fire, police and PWD departments were present.