The Mahasamprokshanam of the 1,500 year old Kallazhagar temple, 20 km from here was performed on Sunday after a gap of 16 years,with thousands of devotees from all over Tamil Nadu offering worship to the deity.

The temple had been renovated at a cost of Rs.15 crore. More than 150 priests participated in the three-day yaga sala pooja, which concluded on Sunday, following which Holy water in silver pots were carried in a procession.

The Fit person of the temple Venkachalam, State HR& CE Minister S P Shanmughanathan, Electricity Minister Natham R. Viswanathan and cooperative minister Sellur K.Raju were among those present on the occasion.

The Mahasamproksham was last performed in 1995.

The temple had been renovated at a cost of Rs. 15 crore. The highlight of the renovation was gold plating of the the Vimanam atop the sanctum sanctorum,using 23kg of gold.

Tight security was in place for the event. .