The Subramaniaswamy Temple at Marudhamalai is all set for kumbabhishekam with all the preparatory works nearing completion.
According to temple officials, more than 25,000 devotees are expected to congregate at the temple on Monday when the consecration would be performed between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
The pujas have already begun with Ganapathy Homam performed on Thursday at around 7.30 a.m. Led by V.P. Kumara Sivachariar and Meenakshi Somasundara Sivachariar, more than 150 Sivachariars will be performing the various pujas for this event.
The ‘yagasala’ puja began on Friday with ‘Aaru kala puja’ performed around the 72 ‘yaga kundams’ created for the occasion.
The 11 gold ‘kalasams’ that adorn the temple’s four towers have been kept for pujas after which they would be mounted back onto the towers for the consecration.
The last kumbabhishekam of the temple was performed in 1996.
More than 300 police personnel will be deployed to regulate the crowds. The temple will be plying six of its own buses for the occasion.
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), Coimbatore, will be plying special buses on Sunday and Monday to help the devotees reach the temple.
A total of 20 special buses will be running on the Gandhipuram – Marudhamalai route besides five buses each on the Ukkadam – Marudhamalai, Ondipudur – Marudhamalai and Thudiyalur – Marudhamalai routes.
Further, the TNSTC will deploy six mini-buses each with a capacity of 44 seats to ferry devotees from the base of the hill to the temple.
Collector M. Karunagaran, who held a review meeting of all the departments concerned on Thursday, issued several instructions.
All two and four wheelers coming for the event will not be allowed beyond Somayampalayam Panchayat where provisions would be made for parking the vehicles. No vehicle would be allowed on the road leading up the hill as only TNSTC buses would be plying.
Besides directing the police department to deploy adequate personnel, he urged the Public Works Department to ascertain the strength of the scaffoldings erected on the temple towers.
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has been told to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the festival time.
The Coimbatore Corporation has been made responsible for providing drinking water for devotees en route to the festival. The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services has been requested to park two fire engines in the vicinity of the temple.