On Akshaya Tritiya day, Simhachalam Appanna (Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy) blesses devotees with his Nijaroopa (original form) – Nijaroopa Darshanam.
In 2017, amidst the elaborate arrangements being made for the annual Chandanotsavam and Nijaroopa Darsan at the Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam slated for April 29, the temple authorities have limited the darsan timing for all the protocol category visitors to only two hours.
The decision to short the time for VIP devotees has been taken in a review meeting held recently by the temple authorities to ensure hassle-free darsan for the common devotees. Further, the temple, for the first time, will issue Rs 1,000 entry passes for philanthropists and VIPs.
According to the temple authorities..
This year, all protocol category visitors will be allowed for laghu darsan in two phases—between 5 am to 6 am and from 4 pm to 5 pm. The authorities are expecting a devotee turnout of approximately 2 lakh.
All political and administrative VIPs, VVIPs, protocol category visitors and mega donors must submit letters to the devasthanam before 6 pm on April 25. Application received after the deadline will not be considered.
The devasthanam is making arrangements to issue the Rs 200 and Rs 500 visitors’ passes through 20 bank branches in the city which will available from April 26.
For general public darsan, the gates will be opened from 4 am on April 29 and they will be closed by 7 pm. Devotees in the queue will be allowed for darsan up to 12 midnight, after which the temple will be closed.
Unlike previous years, the devasthanam authorities are setting up more palm-leaf roof shelters along the queues in view of the rising temperatures in the region. NGOs and social service organisations will supply lemon rice, pulihora, drinking water and butter milk on devotees’ requests.
Chandanotsavam – Nijaroopa Darshanam Tickets
The Price of Tickets – Rs. 1000 / 500 / 250.
20 Bank branches in Visakhapatnam and Simhachalam will avail the tickets for general devotees.
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