Thousands of devotees thronged Sri Subramania Swamy Temple in Thiruparankundram on the occasion of Vaikasi Visakam on Friday. The devotees, including a large number of women and children, took out processions carrying pots filled with milk to the temple for abishekam.

Braving the scorching sun, several devotees took out ‘kavadi’ on the occasion, and many pierced their tongues with spears.

According to R. Palaniappan, Deputy Commissioner of the temple, the idols of Lord Shanmuganathar, Goddess Valli and Goddess Deivanai were kept near the ‘kodi maram’ from 6 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. for the devotees to perform milk abishekam.

However, devotees continued to throng the temple till 9 p.m. and they were allowed to perform abishekam on the spear of Lord Shanmuganathar. Later in the evening, the idols were taken on a procession around the temple as a part of the rituals observed during ‘Pournami Girivalam’, he added.

“This year, there were large crowds since the Vaikasi Visakam coincided with the ‘Pournami Girivalam’. Police had made elaborate arrangements to control crowds and volunteers were roped in to regulate the movement of the devotees”, he told The Hindu.

On Friday, vehicles got stranded at a few places along the arterial Thiruparankundram Road during peak morning hours as the devotees took out the processions. Free food and buttermilk were distributed by sponsors along the route to the temple, and the public helped the devotees manage the heat by pouring water on them at several places.

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