When hundreds of devotees arrived in Srisailam from April 10-14 to attend the Ugadi Utsavams in Bhramarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy Devasthanam, the temple authorities inspected various routes on the path pilgrims walked on Monday.
Temple executive officer Karanam S. Rama Rao, along with medical officer Somasekhar and engineers, visited Venkatapuram, Damarlakunta, Mathambavi, Bheemunikolanu, and Kailasha Dwaram, the usual route devotees had taken. A non-governmental organization has already started distributing food free of charge to the devotees who have taken this route to Naguleti Temple.
The EO said the temple administration would expand aid by distributing free meals, water bags, and setting up medical camps.
A few days ago a Karnataka devotee died of breathing problems on the way to the temple. The Srisailam police rushed to the spot and carried him to Srisailam on a stretcher, but he died in Kailasha Dwaram.
In light of this incident, the temple suggests improving medical facilities and ensuring that the devotees adhere to COVID-appropriate behavior.