Gold on the idol, silver on the walls: Rs 6 crore decoration at 135-year-old Andhra temple for Navratri

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A 135-year-old temple of Goddess Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh was adorned with silver and gold for Navratri. Devotees thronged in large numbers on Friday to witness the avatar of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

The temple has been observing the tradition of decorating the goddess with gold and silver during Dasara for almost two decades now (Photo: ANI)

As part of ongoing Dasara celebrations in Andhra Pradesh, a 135-year-old temple of Goddess Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari has been decorated with banknotes and gold ornaments worth Rs 6 crore for Navratri. The deity was adorned with 6 kilograms of gold, 3 kg of silver and banknotes (worth Rs 3.5 crore) were stuck on the walls and floor of the temple. It is located in the town of Penugonda in the West Godavari district.

The temple has been observing the tradition of decorating the goddess with gold and silver during Dasara for almost two decades now. Devotees thronged in large numbers on Friday to witness the avatar of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The trend of decorating idols and deities and offerings in the form of silver and gold has increased in recent times.

When asked what would happen to all of them after the nine-day celebration is over, the temple committee told ANI, “It is a public contribution and it will be returned after the puja is over. will not go to the temple trust.”

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In one of the images, streamers made of notes hang from the trees and the ceiling that caught the eyeballs of worshipers. It is believed that offerings of silver and gold given to the goddess on the occasion of ‘Devi Navaratri Ustavalu’ will bring good luck to them and help improve their businesses and fortunes.

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