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CELEBRATORY MOOD: Devotees thronging Palani on Tuesday. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN
CELEBRATORY MOOD: Devotees thronging Palani on Tuesday. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

K. Raju

In view of `Thai Poosam' car festival

PALANI: Thousands of devotees from different parts of the State have started congregating at the temple town to take part in the `Thai Poosam' car festival celebrations, one of the important festivals of Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple.

Besides rituals and holy ceremonies, the pilgrims are performing `kaavadi' dance and other folk dances.

Sannadhi Street and Giri veedhis are full of devotees carrying various types of `kaavadis' containing holy water, tender coconut, sugar and flowers.

They have reached the town by foot to get blessings from Lord Muthukumarasamy.

The temple town wears a festive look with several groups of pilgrims dancing with `kaavadis' decorated with flowers and peacock feathers on their shoulders, singing bhajans and beating percussion instruments.

Civic facilities

Drinking water facilities have been provided at six spots on the hill temple, at 10 points at Chinnakumarar Mandapam, at prominent places on the footsteps leading to the hill temple and at Ayakudi, Chatrapatti, Virupatchi, Oddancahtram, Sempatti, Puliampatti, Shanmuganadhi, Kalayamputhur and Thalayam areas. More than 50 thatched shelters have been set up at many places on the Dindigul-Palani highway where the `padayatris' can take rest for a while.

Steps to the hill temple would become one way on `Thai Poosam' festival day. Pilgrims should take diversion at the elephant path to reach the hill temple and use steps on their return.

The municipality has deputed 500 sanitary workers to clear garbage. A temporary bus stand has started functioning at Palani Municipal Higher Secondary School.

Over 2,000 police personnel, led by 15 Deputy Superintendents of Police have undertaken security work in the temple.

All buses proceeding to Palani are diverted at Oddanchatram to reach the temple town via Kallimandhayam.

The Health Department has established medical camps on Dharapuram-Palani, Dindigul-Palani highways.

`Thirukalyanam,' the celestial wedding, would take place on Wednesday evening and `Thai Poosam' car festival at 4.30 p.m. on February 1.

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