Devotion marked the commencement of Dasara festivities at the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanma, popular as Kanaka Durga temple, atop Indrakeeladri here on Saturday.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities put a cap of 10,000 per day on the number of devotees for darshan of the Goddess, and they were allowed only through online darshan ticket. Last year, nearly 80,000 devotees visited the temple on each day of the festival.
The presiding deity is worshipped in various forms (avatars) during the 10-day festival. In a symbolic representation of the 10 forms (alankaram) of triumph of good over evil, each form is chosen as per the astrological star of the day, in accordance with the lunar calendar.