3 more days left for Athi Varadar fest to end, huge crowds throng Kanchi

With just three more days left for curtains to come down on the 48-day Athi Varadar Vaibhavam, people from various parts of the country are thronging Kanchipuram to have the darshan of the Almighty.

The police and the district administration, along with Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and other line agencies, have made elaborate arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

The devotees have been requested to come prepared to spend two days or more in town as the crowds are expected to swell. Facilities to make their wait comfortable have been created in hold-up areas and traffic diversions have been effected.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday visited the ancient Devaraja Swamy temple in Kanchipuram and offered prayers to Lord Athi Varadar. Rao was received by the district Collector P Ponnaiah and led into the temple amid security.

Chandrasekhar Rao along with his wife Shobha and daughter Kavitha offered prayers at Athi Varadar temple in Kanchi. APIIC chairman and Nagari MLA Roja too accompanied KCR to the temple who paid a visit to her house while he was on the way to temple.

Eleven thousand police personnel, including four IGPs, half a dozen DIGs and 30 SPs, are regulating the crowd and doing bandobust duty in the temple town. ADGP Law and Order K Jayanth Murali is camping in the town and monitoring the security arrangements on a daily basis. 

Meanwhile, a video of Kanchipuram Collector K Ponniah, threatening to suspend a police inspector on duty at the Athi Varadar temple in Kanchipuram, had gone viral on social media. The collector slammed the officer for letting random people into the VIP queue.