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Twenty three idols of Sri Perumal of Vaishnavite temples in and around Thanjavur being taken in procession on the four main streets of the town on Friday. —Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
Twenty three idols of Sri Perumal of Vaishnavite temples in and around Thanjavur being taken in procession on the four main streets of the town on Friday. —Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Principal dieties of various Vaishnavite temples were taken in procession on Garuda Vahana as part of Duvadasa Garudasevai festival here on Friday.

The divine procession of utsavar idols on Garuda Vahanas was led by Thirumangaiyazhwar on Annapakshi Vahanam. Deities from 23 temples went in a procession. They assembled at Kodimarathu Moolai from their respective temples and came in procession on the east, south, west and north main streets. People gathered at various places and worshipped the Lords.

At many places devotees arranged “Thanneer Pandals” and served buttermilk, panagam, and prasadams.

The deities which were taken in procession include Sri Neelamega Perumal, Sri Narasimha Perumal, Sri Manikunna Perumal (all the three temples are called as Thanjai Mamanikoil), Sri Velur Varadaraja Perumal, Vennatrankarai Sri Kalyana Venkatesa Perumal, Karanthai Sri Yadava Kannan, Kondirajapalayam Sri Yoganarasimha Perumal, Kondirajapalayam Sri Kothandaramar, Keelaraja Veedhi Sri Varadaraja Perumal, South Main street Sri Kaliyuga Venkatesa Perumal, Ayyankadai Theru Bazar Ramaswamy Perumal, Ellaiyamman Koil street Janardhana Perumal, Kottai Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal, Sri Govindaraja Perumal, Mela Alankam Sri Ranganatha Peurmal, Melarajaveedhi Sri Vijaya Rama Perumal, Melarajaveedhi Sri Navaneetha Krishnan, Sakanayakkan Theru Sri Booloka Krishnan, Manambuchavadi Sri Navaneethakrishnaswamy, Manambuchavadi Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal, Palli Agraharam Sri Kothandaramasamy Perumal, Sunkkanthidal Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal and Karanthai Vaniya Theru Sri Venkatesa Perumal.

As a prelude to Garuda Sevai on Friday, Mangalasasanam by Thirumangaiyazhwar took place at Sri Narasimha perumal temple on the banks of Vennar on Thursday. Navaneetha sevai in which the idols will come in “Vennaithazhi Alankaram” will take place on Saturday.

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