Celestial wedding to be performed at Palani temple today
PALANI: Thousands of devotees witnessed the ‘Surasamharam’ festival, annihilation of ‘asuras,’ which was celebrated with religious fervour on four Giri Veedhis of Sri Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple here on Monday evening.
After special pujas and aradhanas, Lord Chinnakumaraswamy received the holy lance from Sri Malai Kozhunghu Amman at the hill temple around 3 p.m. and reached the foothills to destroy the asuras around 5.30 p.m. The Sanctum Sanctorum was closed after the lance receiving ceremony.
Goddesses Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai were brought from Periya Nayaki Amman Temple to Padhavinayagar Temple, near the foothill. The Lord ascended on the peacock mount and reached the battle field.
Meanwhile, his army, led by his war general Veerabahu, was kept ready to take on Gajamugan alias Tharakasuran on North Giri Street.
Before commencing the war, the general held last minute peace talks with the asuran and advised him to surrender before the Lord.
But Tharakasuran refused to oblige and chose to fight. First, Nava Veerargal led by Veerabahu fought with the asura. Nava veeragal fainted in the war.
In a fiery battle, Lord Muruga annihilated Tharakasuran around 7 p.m. and proceeded to East Giri Veedhi to kill Banugopan.
After slaying Banugopan, Lord Chinnakumarasamy destroyed Singamugan who intercepted him on South Giri Veedhi.
At last, Sura Padman was killed on West Giri Street.
The triumph over asuras was celebrated at Ariyar Mandapam near Padhavinayagar Temple. Special pujas were performed to Lord Chinnakumarasamy to calm down.
Darshan to devotees
Later, the Lord gave darshan to devotees.
Devotees started thronging the North Giri Veedhi near Padhavinayagar temple since evening.
Sufficient force was deployed on Giri Veedhis to provide adequate security to the devotees.
Thirukalyanam (celestial wedding) with Sri Deivanai will take place at the hill temple between 10.30 a.m. and 11a.m. and at Sri Periya Nayaki Amman temple in the temple town between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
With the celestial wedding, the seven-day Kanda Sashti festival will come to an end.