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Devotees throng Palani for Soorasamharam

Madurai bureau
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Ritual of killing the demon by the Lord performed

Divine culmination: Thousands of devotees witnessing the Soorasamharam festival being held in Palani on Thursday. —PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN
Divine culmination: Thousands of devotees witnessing the Soorasamharam festival being held in Palani on Thursday. —PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

Thousands of devotees thronged the hill town on Thursday to witness the ‘Soorasamharam' that marks the culmination of the Kanda Sashti festival in the six abodes of Lord Muruga.

The ritual of killing the demon by Lord Dandayuthapaniswamy, in the company of Veerabahu, was performed here.

Earlier in the evening, the ‘vel' was brought in a ceremonial procession from the Palani hill temple. Lord Dandayuthapaniswamy was taken in a procession around the main roads of the town in the night.

Special buses were operated from Dindigul and neighbouring Madurai and Theni districts for the convenience of pilgrims visiting Palani to witness the annual event.

Tuticorin

Thousands of devotees from various parts of the State thronged the Subramaniaswamy Temple in Tiruchendur from early Thursday morning on the occasion of Soorasamharam (victory of good over evil) and offered special prayers. Soorasamharam was performed by the shore around 4.30 p.m. Thirukalyanam would be held on November 12.

The seven-day Kanda Sashti festival began with traditional fervour and gaiety on November 6. The devotees offered a series of pujas including Vishwarooba Dheeba Aradhanai, special abhisekam and Yagasala puja.

Amid chanting of slogans in praise of Lord Murugan, the devotees, who waited in a queue, had dharshan. They also took a holy dip in the sea in the scorching sun. The devotees of the festival usually observe fast during the period.

K.R. Periyakaruppan, Minister for the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments; Anitha R. Radhakrishnan, MLA, Tiruchendur; Collector C.N. Maheswaran; Superintendent of Police Kapil Kumar C. Saratkar; V. Radhika Selvi, former Minister of State for Home; Trustee Chairman C. Devadasasundaram; Joint Commissioner of Temple Administration C. Baskaran and others witnessed the proceedings.

The district administration made elaborate arrangements for the devotees. The proceedings were shown on closed circuit TV at several places in the vicinity. The event was also broadcast live on many cable television channel networks in the district. A large number of police personnel was deployed.

Kanyakumari

Hundreds of people from different parts of the district witnessed the ‘soorasamharam' in various temples of district on Thursday. Women in different parts of the district observed fast for the last six days and took food after seeing Lord Murugan killing Soora Padmasuran, as a symbol of good winning over the evil.

Special abhishekam and pujas were made to Lord Muruga at temples in Marungoor, Thoppur, Nagaraja temple, Kaliyankadu Siva temple, Vellimalai, Veli Malai Kumarakovil, Padmanabhapuram Murugan Kovil, Colachel Murugan temple, etc.

Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation operated 20 special buses to Tiruchendur Murugan temple.

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