At Dindigul Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple
DINDIGUL: Hundreds of pilgrims took part in a `fire walk' festival, which was celebrated with religious fervour at Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple as part annual masi festival here on Friday.
Hundreds of devotees observed `viratham' and took the oath to walk on the fire path.
After special pujas to main deity Sri Kottai Mariamman, temple priests burnt firewood on the 30-foot long rectangular fire pit to enable pilgrims to walk on the fire.
Water was sprayed around the fire pit and the open space between the temple entrance and fire path.
The path stretching up to the main sannadhi was covered with flowers.
At an auspicious time, the main pujari holding a holy sword in his hand walked on the fire path and announced the commencement of the festival.
Later, men, women, boys and girls ran on the fire path after bathing. After the fire walk festival, special pujas were performed to the main deity.
Hundreds of devotees in and around Dindigul congregated at the temple since morning to participate in the festival.
The temple administration planned to make 12.5-foot-tall golden rath at an estimated cost of Rs.1 crore.
Thasavatharam festival, decorating the goddess in 10 avathara postures of Lord Vishnu, would be performed at 10 p.m. on Saturday and turmeric abishekam at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The 20-day temple festival, which commenced on February 15, would conclude with Theppa Utsavam at 5 p.m. on March 6.