“Around 5,000 additional security personnel have been deployed in the state capital to manage the crowd. More than 300 disaster response force personnel are also present at the different ghats in the city,” a senior police officer said.
The four-day festival, in which worshippers fast and pay obeisance to the deity on the last two days, began on Friday. Devotees will offer evening ‘arghya’ (prayers) to the Sun God on Sunday.
The festival will end on Monday, with worshippers offering morning ‘arghya’ to the rising sun.