Elaborate security arrangements were made along the coast in Cuddalore
Thousands of people gathered at Vaithikuppam on Thursday to witness the immersion of over 100 idols from various temples across Puducherry and neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu. The immersions or Theerthavari took place as part of the welcoming of the change of season – Masi Magam – which takes place on the first Pournami in the month of Masi.
According to one of the officials at Eswaran Koil, Masi Magam is the south Indian equivalent of Holi, marking the change of seasons. Idols from several temples from outside Puducherry such as the Senji Ranganatha Temple, Theevanur Poyyamozhi Pulaiyar Temple, Mailam Murugan Temple and Dindivanam Perumal Temple arrived in Puducherry on Wednesday to take part in the festivities, which started at 7 a.m. on Thursday. A procession of over 100 idols took place through Vaithikuppam and the idols were all stationed on the beach, from where they proceeded to the Theerthavari. The idols that have arrived from outside Puducherry will spend up to 10 days in Puducherry.
Cuddalore Reporter writes:
The coastal area stretching from Thevanampattinam to Silver Beach here was teeming with people to celebrate the Masi Maham festivities. Hundreds of processional deities brought from across the district came in flower bedecked carts and tractors to the coast to the accompaniment of music troupes. The highlight of the fete was the annual visit of Sri Ulagalantha Perumal deity from Thirukkoilur that drew a large number of devotees en route to Thevanampattinam.
The devotees had a dip in the sea and offered special pujas to the deities.
At Thevanampattinam, sugarcane and banana farmers auctioned their produce. From Vannarapalayam to the sea front, the pavement vendors selling trinkets, toys and household goods did roaring business.
Service organisations and devotees put up make-shift sheds to serve the devotees with buttermilk and prasadam. Elaborate security arrangements were provided all along the coast. In the night, the fishermen community at Cuddalore Port area celebrated “theppa utsavam” by floating the illuminated deities on the uppanar.