: Thousands of devotees thronged the Chithirai Ratha Vallabha Perumal Temple located along the banks of Vaigai at Kuruvithurai near Sholavandhan here on Sunday for the ‘Gurupeyarchi' to offer prayers.
The gurupeyarchi time was 10.54 p.m. on Sunday night. Devotees began arriving from as early 6 a.m. to the temple. The pujas were performed late in the night till 1 a.m.
The planet ‘Guru' moved from ‘Ubha Rasi' to ‘Meena Rasi' on Sunday night and the temple authorities saw a continuous flow of devotees for the special pujas that began on Friday. Parihara Mahayagam was also performed in temple.
The pujas were performed for three days — Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Pujas would also be performed for a stretch of 48 days. Alagar (Sridhar) bhattar, Renganatha bhattar, and Sadagopa bhattar were among the priests who conducted the pujas at the temple.
G. Selvi, ‘Thakkar' (Fitperson) and C. Saravanakumar, temple Executive Officer, presided over the event. As this is an exclusive temple near Sholavandan in the district for the Guru, the authorities made special arrangements to manage the huge rush and devotees also took part in the ‘laksharchanai' that took place in the temple premises.
Among the devotees were a large number of women and children who waited for their turn in the winding queues to get ‘darshan.' Special buses and private vehicles were seen plying in the route and the temple officials expect more crowds in the next few days. Police personnel were also deployed to regulate the huge flow of devotees.