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MARKED BY FERVOUR: Devotees pulling the car in Palani on Thursday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan
MARKED BY FERVOUR: Devotees pulling the car in Palani on Thursday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

Staff Reporter

Thai Poosam fest at Sri Perianayaki Amman Temple in Palani

PALANI: Thousands of devotees from various parts of the State witnessed the holy car procession taken out to mark the Thai Poosam festival at Sri Perianayaki Amman Temple, popularly known as `Oor Kovil' here on Thursday evening.

The festival commenced in the early morning with `Theerthavaari.'

After special abhishekams and aradhanas to main deities and utsavamurthies, Lord Muthukumaraswamy along with the Goddesses Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai were taken out in a procession and mounted on the aesthetically decorated temple car around 10.30 a.m. Temple gurukkals performed special pujas to the deities in the car. At 4.30 p.m. special aradhanas were performed to the temple.

With the gurukkals chanting hymns and Othuvars singing Thevaram songs, thousands of devotees started pulling the holy car from its base on the East Car Street around 4.45 p.m. One temple elephant assisted the pilgrims and pushed the car from the rear side.

The temple car reached the base after passing through South,West and North Car streets.

Over 2000 police were deployed for the festival in the temple town.

The Collector, R. Vasuki, camped at the festival spot and monitored the arrangements for holy car procession. The Superintendent of Police, A. Pari, supervised the security arrangements.

Local people provided buttermilk, water and food to pilgrims.

The 10-day festival would conclude with the `Theppa Ther' at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Sufficient force was deployed at the winch station, Sri Padhavinayagar Temple and on the hill temple ensuring adequate security to pilgrims. Special cameras were also fitted to monitor the movement of the crowd on the hill temple.

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