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Oppiliappan Rama Navami festivities end today

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Kanakabhishekam being performed to Lord Rama's idol at Oppiliappan temple on Sunday.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ
Kanakabhishekam being performed to Lord Rama's idol at Oppiliappan temple on Sunday.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

Kanakabishekam was performed to Lord Rama as part of the 10-day Sri Rama Navami festival at Oppiliappankoil near Kumbakonam on Sunday.

Hundreds of people witnessed the event. Homam was performed and gold coins were taken in procession around the temple prakaram. Later, they were showered on the idols of Lord Rama and Sita.

Earlier, pancharathna kritis of saint Thyagaraja were rendered in chorus by devotees. Rama pattabishekam was held in the evening. The crown was taken in a procession through the main streets of Oppiliappankoil and the deity was crowned amidst chanting of vedas and devotional songs. Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman idols were taken in a procession in the evening. Kanakabishekam and Pattabishekam would be performed to the idol of Lord Hanuman on Monday.

Rama Navami festival, which began on April 19, will conclude on Monday.

Oppiliappankoil, one of the 108 divya desams of Vaishnavites, is called Booloka Vaikuntam. Principal deity is Venakatachalapathiswamy who is also called Oppiliappan.

Legend has it that Lakshmi found near a Thulasi plant was brought up by Markandeya. One day, Lord Vishnu came in the form of a old man and wanted to marry Lakshmi. Marakandeya told the old man that his daughter was too young to even cook food. She did not know even how to use salt in cooking. To this, the old man said that he will forego salt in his food. Later, Lord Vishnu revealed himself and married Boodevi. As the Lord has said that He will forego salt in the food, prasadams offered to Lord Oppiliappan are without salt even now.


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