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GRAND: Namperumal, clad in armour of gems, emerging from the Paramapada Vasal on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi in Tiruchi on Monday. —
GRAND: Namperumal, clad in armour of gems, emerging from the Paramapada Vasal on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi in Tiruchi on Monday. —

M. Balaganessin

On the occasion of Vaikunda Ekadasi in Sri Ranganathaswamy temple

TIRUCHI: Thousands of devotees worshipped Namperumal at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ festival on Monday.

Clad in gem-studded armour, the processional deity of the temple, Namperumal, exited the ‘Paramapada Vasal,’ amidst milling devotees exactly at 4.45 a.m., coinciding with the Magaram lagnam.

The annual event attracted a large number of devotees who congregated at Srirangam to have a darshan of Ranganathaswamy adorned in ‘Muthangi’ (coat of pearls). Everything went on as per schedule throughout the hour-long procession.

Coat of gems

Exactly at 3.45 a.m., Namperumal, in the glittering ‘Ratnangi,’ was brought out of the sanctum sanctorum in the ‘Thanga Tholukkiniyaan.’

After customary honours for the Srirangam Jeer and the ‘stalasthars,’ the deity was taken through the Raja Mahendran Chutru, Kulasekaran Chutru before reaching the Vraja Nadhi mandapam where ‘Veda parayanam’ was recited.

Paramapada vasal thrown open

The rituals at the Vraja Nadhi mandapam was completed at about 4.45 a.m. and the ‘Paramapada Vasal’ was thrown open, allowing the procession to emerge through it. ‘Namperumal’ then reached the Thirumamani Asthana Mandapam, where “Arayar Sevai” was performed.

Heavy security

Heavy security arrangements by the police had been made and restricting the number of devotees for the holy procession avoided the usual over-crowding at the ‘Paramapada Vasal’ premises.

This year, additional dome cameras had been set up at 12 places at the temple for ensuring an effective surveillance.

Jammers fixed

The setting up of jammers was another facility, neutralising the nuisance caused due to conversation over mobile phones.

No sooner was the ‘Namperumal’ taken out from the sanctum sanctorum, than a posse of police personnel formed a ring.

Chairman of Board of Trustees P. K. Thiyagarajan and Executive Officer M.K. Balasubramanian supervised the arrangements.

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