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Five temple cars mark Chidambaram festival

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A large number of devotees at the Chidambaram temple car procession on Monday.
A large number of devotees at the Chidambaram temple car procession on Monday.

A large number of devotees witnessed the procession of five temple cars taken out in succession around Lord Natarajar temple at Chidambaram near here on Monday.

As part of ‘Aani Thirumanjanam’ festivities, the cars carrying presiding deity Lord Nataraja, Sivagama Sundari, Vinayaka, Muruga and Chandigeswarar were drawn by devotees through the east, south, west and north streets, surrounding the temple. Earlier, women decorated the entire path of the procession with colourful ‘kolams.’ The festivities started with a flag hoisting ceremony on June 17. After the car procession concluded, the idols of Nataraja and Sivagam Sundari were taken to the thousand pillar ‘Mandapam,’ where special pujas were performed.

The idols would remain there till Tuesday afternoon for public ‘darshan.’ After completing the rituals, the idols would be taken in palanquins to the sanctum sanctorum.

Ananda Thandava Dikshithar led the car procession in which executive officer of the temple Sivakumar and Additional Superintendent of Police Durai participated.

Hundreds of policemen were deployed for security in and around the temple.

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