Hanuman Vijaya Yatra passes off peacefully in Hyderabad

Devotees during the Hanuman Jayanthi Shobha Yatra at Koti on Saturday. Photos: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Amidst tight security, the annual Veera Hanuman Vijaya Yatra organised by the Bajrang Dal in connection with Hanuman Jayanti passed off peacefully here on Saturday.

There were some tense moments for a while over using a DJ sound system before the commencement of the yatra, but it later subsided and the yatra proceeded with thousands of devotees taking part in it on their motorcycles.

Holding saffron flags, devotees, mostly youngsters took part in the rally. ‘Jai Sriram’ slogans rented the air during the procession that passed through the main thoroughfares of the city covering 12 km. Festive atmosphere prevailed at the procession route with organisers putting up huge saffron flags and banners.

After performing ‘maha yagnam’ at Ram Mandir in Gowliguda, the rally commenced before noon and passed through the busy stretches at Andhra Bank crossroads in Koti, Ramkote crossroads, Narayanguda crossroads, Chikkadpally, RTC crossroads, Ashok Nagar, Kavadiguda, Ranigunj, Paradise crossroads, Imperial Gardens crossroads in Secunderabad and culminated at Tadbund Hanuman Mandir with ‘maha arati’.

A public recitation of ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ was organised when the rally reached Andhra Bank crossroads in Koti around 1:30 pm and from there it proceeded towards Secunderabad and reached Tadbund around 7 pm. A public meeting was also organised at Imperial Gardens.

The city police too made elaborate security arrangements for smooth conduct of the yatra. As many as 400 surveillance cameras were installed covering the entire route, said City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar while interacting with media persons.

Over 10,000 personnel were deployed for the bandobast. He monitored the rally movement from the command and control centre to which the 400 cameras were connected. The police placed barricades at the interior lanes and bylanes to restrict the entry of outsiders into the procession route.

Voluntary organisations and temple committees served water and lemon rice to devotees at various places. A majority of temple committees served food to devotees and fruit juices also.