Ayutha Chandi Yagam, the five-day religious ritual organized by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for universal peace and people's welfare came to an end with ‘purnahuthi’, on Sunday.
The 'Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam', which began on December 23 at Erravelli village in Medak district, involved non-stop chanting of mantras besides devotional programmes, including bhajans and 'Harikathas'. On the first day, KCR undertook a circumambulation of the 'Yagashala' before performing 'Guru Prarthana' in front of the idol of 'Chandi Matha', marking the beginning of the event.
As many as 1,100 rithviks (priests), assisted by juniors, performed a slew of rituals at 101 'homagundams' (sacred fire pits) and recited 'veda mantras' several thousand times during the ceremony.
On the last day of the Ayutha Maha Chandi Yagam organised at his farmhouse in Erravelli village, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday announced that he would perform another yagam called it as “Prayutha Chandi Yagam” to realise the dream of “Golden Telangana.”
Speaking at the conclusion of the five-day yagam, the Chief Minister said the purpose of the yagam was accomplished and the immediate priority before him was to achieve golden Telangana with divine blessings of Chandi Matha. Amid chanting slogans, he said people’s dream to achieve Telangana had been fulfilled.
“The main challenge before the government is to fulfil all the promises made by him including providing safe drinking water to every household under Mission Bagheeradha and under Mission Kakatiya, all the water bodies will be revived for future generations,” he said.
On the last day, a fire broke out at one of the pandals of the Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam .Just 10 minutes after the fire broke out, the helicopter carrying President Pranab Mukherjee hovered over the burning pandal and returned without landing. The President was forced to cancel his visit to the yagam due to the mishap.
Thousands of people including some VIPs were moved to a safe distance as the blaze turned the main pandal into ashes. Four fire tenders, which were stationed at the spot, extinguished the fire in less than half an hour.
AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Union minister of state Y. Sujana Chowdary had left the yagam just 90 minutes before the fire started. The incident took place when the Chief Minister, many VIP guests, 1,500 ritwiks and several devotees were having lunch at an adjacent dining area.
There were no casualties in the incident. People moved away as quickly as possible and all of them were at a safe distance when the fire spread. There was no stampede,” a senior police official from Medak said.