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Devotees observe ‘viratham,' take ‘kaavadi' and offer prayers

K. Raju
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The objective of bringing water and other liquid materials like rose water, milk, in Kaavadi is to cool the Nava Baashana idol of Lord Dhandayuthapaniswamy

Month of ‘Panguni' in the Tamil Calender is very important one as almost all celestial weddings take place in this month only.

The marriages of goddess Sri Parvathi also known as Uma Maheswari and Lord Shiva, goddess Sri Devasana and Lord Sri Murugan and Sri Andal, also known as Kothai and Sri Rangamannar take place in this month.

Sage Valmiki also performed the wedding of goddess Sita and Lord Sri Rama in this month.

‘Panguni uthiram' festival is celebrated in grand manner in all Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu temples.

Prime importance is given to this month at Sri Murugan Temples.

This month is much more special for Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy hill temple in Palani.

While witnessing the celestial wedding of the Lord Murugan with Sri Valli Nayaki Amman at Thiru Avinankudi temple, near the hill temple, pilgrims observe ‘viratham' and carry different kinds of ‘kaavadis' containing all materials used for ‘abishekam.'

The main objective of bringing water and other liquid materials like rose water, milk, tender coconut water in Kaavadi form is to keep the Nava Baashana idol of Lord Dhandayuthapaniswamy, created by Sage Bogar cool and protect it from the scorching heat. (Temperature is high during summer prevailing between Panguni and Chithirai months.).

From Cauvery

Pilgrims bring water from the Cauvery at Kodumudi in Erode district to Palani hill temple and offer it for abhishekam.

Holy car procession will take place on April 5 and the Panguni Uthiram festival will conclude on April 8.

K. Raju

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