Tiruchendur readies for devotees, writes J. Praveen Paul Joseph
Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district is gearing up for the Tamil New Year. Home to the famous Subramanya Swami Temple, seen as the second abode of Lord Murugan, devotees are expected in large numbers to offer prayers on the day. Anna abhishekam for Lord Shanmugar is the highlight of the occasion. Spiritual activities including Kuthuvilakku pooja, Thiruvilakku pooja and Theerthavari would be performed by the devotees. The Temple would remain open from 3 a.m.
M. Anbumani, Joint Commissioner (in-charge), Tiruchendur Temple, said prasadhams would be offered to the devotees through out the day.
Programmes including ‘Bhakthi Sorpolivu’ at Kalaiarangam and musical programmes including Nadhaswaram would be the highlights. During the auspicious day ‘Thirukovil Podhu Vibara Kuripedu’ – a diary of events for the ensuing Tamil New Year would be released.
The temple attracts scores of devotees for various festivals such as ‘Vaikasi Vishakam’, Avani Thiruvizha, ‘Masi Thiruvizha’ and ‘Kadha Sashti’. A mega event, the ‘Maha Kumbabishekam’ was also organised at the Temple in July, 2009 after a gap of fourteen years.
The temple also boasts of an ISO status that was awarded in 2010.
Drinking water and other basic facilities have been arranged for the huge throng of devotees.
Security in place
Adequate personnel have been deployed on special duty to regulate crowd. To increase surveillance in the vicinity of the Temple, twelve cameras have been installed. Besides, bomb disposal squad personnel are camping in the temple.
Frisking operations have started and metal frame detectors have been put up at various entry points to the Temple.
Citing further developments in Tiruchendur, Mr. Anbumani said two amusement parks would be established.
One park would come up near Valli Kuhai. An estimate for Rs. 2 crore has been prepared and forwarded to the authorities.
He said that seventy percent of the funds would be by the Tourism Development and the rest by the Temple management.
Talk is on for setting up the second amusement park, he said.
Since, tourists are also visiting Kulasekarapatnam and Manapad, sites situated few kilometers from Tiruchendur, public transport facilities are being arranged for these spots.
Anitha R. Radhakrishnan, Tiruchendur MLA, said civic amenities were being developed in Tiruchendur taluk. Besides, Tiruchendur would soon witness a drinking water project at Rs. 10 crore.