The annual Bonalu festivities at the historic Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad on Sunday is set to be special this time round. For, a gold bonam weighing 3.08 kg will be presented to the presiding deity.

The presentation of the vessel will be preceded by a procession of 1,108 women from Audiahanagar to the temple. They will all be clad in saris of the same make and carry bonalu on their heads.

About 400 artistes will perform ahead of the procession throughout the route.

Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha will carry the golden bonam, which was specially made by converting gold jewellery received by the temple over the years. Sketches of the presiding deity and Manikyalamma have been embossed on it.

Endowments Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy will start the procession and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will present the gold bonam. Animal Husbandry Minister T. Srinivas Yadav is closely associated with the programme.

The police have elaborate security arrangements for the occasion, said Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar. Around 3,000 police personnel, including 10 platoons of Telangana State Special Police and City Armed Reserve will be deployed as part of the bandobast.

That apart, 250 surveillance cameras will be installed from which footage will be monitored from the control room in Basheerabagh, he said.

He said the police force will also include North Zone DCP B. Sumathi along with three additional DCPs, eight ACPs, 28 inspectors, 46 sub-inspectors, 140 constables and about 100 home guards for conducting the festival smoothly.

“Officials from various departments, including GHMC, HMWSSB, Road and Buildings and Revenue, will be also monitor the situation from the control room,” the commissioner said, adding that they are anticipating about 1.5 lakh devotees on Sunday.

Meanwhile, temple executive officer S. Annapurna said around 32 lakh devotees visited the temple during the festival last year and this year, they are expecting a footfall of more than 40 lakh.

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