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`Aadi Thavasu' festival held at Sankarankovil

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WITH RELIGIOUS FERVOUR: Devotees participating in the `Aadi thavasu' at Sankarankovil on Tuesday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.
WITH RELIGIOUS FERVOUR: Devotees participating in the `Aadi thavasu' at Sankarankovil on Tuesday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

Staff Reporter

Thousands have a darshan of Swamy Sankaranarayanar

TIRUNELVELI: Thousands of devotees from various parts of the State have a dharshan of Swamy Sankaranarayanar on the occasion of `Aadi Thavasu' held at Sankarankovil in the district on Tuesday.

`Aadi Thavasu' celebrations of this year commenced on July 29 with flag hoisting and the car festival was held on August 6.

After the golden car procession in the temple in the morning and special `abhishekam', `alangaaram' and `deepaaraadhanai' at `thavasu mandapam', the climax of the festival, `Aadi Thavasu' darshan was held between 5.55 and 6.30 p.m. With the police personnel drawn from various parts of Tirunelveli and neighbouring districts, elaborate security arrangements had been made in and around Sankarankovil in view of the festival.

Special buses were operated from Tirunelveli, Kovilpatti, Tenkasi and Rajapalayam to Sankarankovil and traffic diversions effected on some of the streets around the temple. Health camps had been established at several points. The district administration had declared local holiday to enable the devotees to attend the festival.

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