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Thousands witness ‘Soorasamharam'

Madurai Bureau
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Thousands of devotees thronged the Subramaniaswamy Temple at Tirupparankundram near here, the first of the six abodes (‘arupadai veedu') of Lord Muruga, to witness the ‘Soorasamharam' held as part of the Kanda Sashti festival on Thursday.

Devotees made a beeline for the temple since morning despite the event scheduled for the evening.

M. Vijayaraghavan, chairman, board of trustees, took part in the event along with other trustees V.V. Manickam, C. Chinnammal, S. Kaliappan and P. Vijayan, besides R. Senthil Velavan, Executive Officer of the temple, and R. Sudarshan, Joint Commissioner (Madurai Region), Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department.

Special puja, deeparadhana, abishekam, homam and ‘Shanmugarchana' were performed to the deities.

The idols of Lord Subramaniaswamy mounted on a golden palanquin and his trusted lieutenant Veerabahu Thevar on ‘panchalogam' palanquin were taken out in a procession. The Soorasamharam was performed in front of the Mayil Mandapam between 4.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. According to a legend, the Lord killed demons Gajamugasooran, Singamugasooran and Soorapadman to save mankind.

Palani

Thousands of devotees thronged the hill town on Thursday to witness the ‘Soorasamharam.' Earlier in the evening, the ‘vel' was brought in a ceremonial procession from the Palani hill temple. Lord Dandayuthapaniswamy was taken in a procession around the main roads of the town in the night. Special buses were operated from Dindigul and neighbouring Madurai and Theni districts for the convenience of pilgrims. Tuticorin

Devotees from various parts of the State thronged the Subramaniaswamy Temple in Tiruchendur. Soorasamharam was performed by the shore around 4.30 p.m. Thirukalyanam would be held on November 12.

Kanyakumari

Hundreds of people from different parts of the district witnessed the ‘soorasamharam' in various temples of district on Thursday.

Women observed fast for the last six days and took food after seeing the Murugan killing Soora Padmasuran, as a symbol of good winning over the evil.

Special abhishekam and poojas were made to Lord Muruga at temples in Marungoor, Thoppur, Nagaraja temple, Kaliyankadu Siva temple, Vellimalai, Veli Malai Kumarakovil, Padmanabhapuram Murugan Kovil, Colachel Murugan temple, etc.

Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation operated 20 special buses to the Tiruchendur temple.

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