The month long famous Chaitra festivals started at the Tara Tarini Hill Shrine near Berhampur city in Odisha, with the chanting of traditional Mantras on the first Tuesday. The festivities started at this shrine from Monday midnight itself with the priests performing the Snana and Majana of the Goddesses. After Sahasra Arati, Panchamruta Puja and Parikrama ceremonies, the sanctum sanctorum of the Tara Tarini Shrine, considered as the Breast Shrine of Adi Shakti, was thrown open for Darshan of devotees.
Thousands of people, who gathered a day before, got the chance of Madhya Ratra Darshan. The first Tuesday of this month saw heavy crowd around the Hill Shrine from the wee hours till late evening, with lacs of devotees thronging the Shrine from every nook and corner of the state and outside. Noteworthy that all the four Tuesdays of this month are considered sacred by the devotees.
Thousands of kids tonsured their heads as per the age-old belief of offering the hair of newborns. Khichdi Prasad was distributed to the devotees coming to the Shrine and the fair of rural artisans also attracted many people.
The Special Secretary of Odisha Chief Minister Shri Kartikeyan Pandian, officials of Ganjam district administration, all the office bearers of TTDB and Tara Tarini temple administration were present during this occasion. Heavy police Bandobast was made to avert any untoward incident and control the huge number of devotees. The district administration made arrangements to control traffic in and around the hill shrine.
On this occasion the newly constructed ring road was opened for general traffic. This road has been constructed to decongest the traffic around the shrine with the special assistance from government of Odisha. Two other important roads, one connecting the Keshpur Junction to the foothill and the newly constructed Ghat road to the hilltop were also thrown open on this occasion.