Thousands of people from different parts of Kanyakumari district and neighbouring Kerala took out a procession from Nagercoil to Swamithoppu, covering 15 km, on Saturday to celebrate the 180th ‘Avatar day' of Ayya Vaikundar. The followers of Ayya Vaikundar arrived from Tiruchendur in south Tamil Nadu and from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala in a large number of vehicles and assembled at Nagaraja Thidal. From there, they took out a padayatra and reached Thalamipathi at Swamithoppu where they celebrated Ayya Vaikundar Avatar day.
The padayatra was followed by a decorated car in which a glass box with a chair and walking stick, symbolising Ayya Vaikundar's presence, was carried. In Thalaimaipathi also the devotees worship a ‘mirror' (reflection of life) kept within the sanctum sanctorum. A large number of women were holding milk and sandal paste pots on their heads came to fulfil their vows. The procession passed through Meenakshipuram, Kottar, Edalakudi, Suchindrum, Ethancadu to reach Swamithoppu by noon. The people took a holy dip at ‘Munthiripatham' (well) and worshipped Ayya Vaikundar.
In the evening, people thronged the southern part of Rajakkamangalam shore and witnessed ‘Kali Vettai.' The people, irrespective of caste creed and religion, offered buttermilk, Panaikkam (lemon juice made of jaggery) and annadhanam to the followers of Ayya Vaikundar in different parts of Kanyakumari district. The police had made elaborate security arrangements, particularly in the Ethancadu junction where the devotees took diversion to reach Swamithoppu Thalaimaipathi.
The government had also declared a restricted holiday on Saturday, for the first time, in the State in view of Ayya Vaikundar Avatar day.