The Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao offered prayers during Bonalu festival at Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad here on Sunday afternoon.

The temple priests along with Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and others welcomed the Chief Minister.
Earlier, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy also offered prayers at the temple.

The annual Bonalu festivities commenced at the historic Sri Ujjaini Mahankali temple on a colourful note amidst tight security.

Women clad in pattu saris stood in queues since early hours to offer ‘bonam’ made up of cooked rice and laced with curd and jaggery in an earthen pot decorated with turmeric and vermilion, and ‘neem’ leaves to the Goddess Mahankali.

Thousands of devotees stood in long queues for more than an hour to have darshan of the Goddess.

The city police made elaborate security arrangements for smooth conduct of the two-day festival. Barricades were placed at the main arch of the temple to restrict entry of other persons and maintain proper queues.

Surveillance cameras were installed at the temple and adjoining areas to keep a tab on those moving suspiciously.

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