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Bhagavathy Amman Temple gets a facelift

P.S. Suresh Kumar
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Kumbabhisekam likely in the first week of February

INFRASTRUCTURE:An aerial view of Bhagavathy Amman Temple at Kanyakumari.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
INFRASTRUCTURE:An aerial view of Bhagavathy Amman Temple at Kanyakumari.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Facelift has been given to Bhagavathy Amman Temple at Kanyakumari at a cost of Rs.1 crore in view of kumbabhisekam likely to be performed during the first week of February.

The Government has allotted Rs.15 lakhs for renovation and the remaining Rs.85 lakhs has been contributed by philanthropists.

Joint-Commissioner of Kanyakumari district temples, R. Ganasekar, told The Hindu that the ‘vimanam’ of the sanctum sanctorum of Bhagavathy Amman temple had been increased from 11 feet to 22 feet as part of the renovation.

Moreover, the width of two doors (i.e.) Kizakku Vasal (east) and Vadakku Vasal (north) had also been increased from 3 to 4 feet as suggested by Muthiha Sthapathi (head Sthapathi of Tamil Nadu).

The 45-feet tall temple flagmast had also been given a bronze sheet. As many as 21 works had been taken up for the renovation and almost all the works had been completed and the remaining works would be completed at the earliest. All the five vimanams of Amabal (Bhagavathy), Sastha, Balasoundari, Thiyagasoundari and Vinayagar had already been renovated and it had also been decided construct a ‘Rajagopuram’ in the northern side of the temple.

A project proposal of Rs.7 crores had already been sent to the Government.

In connection with the installation of Closed Circuit Televisions at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, the Manager of the temple T. Chonachalam said that Rs.2.50-lakh project proposal had also been sent to the Government. The temple tank had already been renovated and the float festival had also been conducted during the Navarathri festival.

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