Staff Reporter

Car festival falls on the ninth day of rituals Car festival falls on the ninth day of rituals

TIRUCHI: A large number of devotees witnessed the Chithrai car festival at the Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy temple here on Monday.

The processional deities of Sri Thayumanaswamy and Sri Mattuvar Kuzhal Ammai were taken out, in separate cars, around the temple through the NSB Road, Nandikovil Street, North and East Andar streets and the Malaivasal.

Special pujas were performed before the car was pulled at about 6 a.m.

The car was brought to rest at about 11.30 a.m.

This is an important festival celebrated for a fortnight signifying the incidents associated with the temple history and the car festival falls on the ninth day of the rituals.

Legend

The legend has it that the presiding deity rendered maternity assistance to His staunch devotee Rathinavathy, who developed labour pain, but remained helpless due to floods in the Cauvery. Lord Shiva appeared before Rathinavathy as an aged woman.

This episode was highlighted on Thursday last, the fifth day of the festival.

Another important ritual of `tirukalyanam' was held on Friday last.

Special arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of the car festival.

The Transport Minister, K.N. Nehru, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Minister, P.R. Periyakaruppan, the MLA, Anbil Periyasamy, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the temple, M. Sundararajulu, and the Assistant Commissioner-cum-Executive Officer (additional charge), C. Kalyani, were among those who pulled the car.

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