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Traditional ceremonies mark harvest festival at temple

D.Radhakrishnan
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Tender paddy grains offered to the presiding deity

Joyful occasion: Villagers celebrating harvest festival in Gudalur on Thursday. - Photo: Special Arrangement
Joyful occasion: Villagers celebrating harvest festival in Gudalur on Thursday. - Photo: Special Arrangement

The annual harvest festival of the Vettakurumagan Temple at Nambalakottai near Gudalur was celebrated with considerable enthusiasm on Thursday.

A large number of persons including clan heads of various tribal groups and the Moundadan Chetty community participated in the proceedings which were conducted in a traditional manner.

Explaining the significance of the festival, the Adviser, Moundadan Chetty Community Association, C.R.Krishnan, told The Hindu that in accordance with a long standing ritual, a member of the Paniya tribal community was sent from the temple with the blessings of the priest and clan leaders of the Moundadan Chetty community to harvest tender paddy grains from one of the cultivators at Puthurvayal and brought back to the temple to the accompaniment of traditional music and dance and offered to the presiding deity.

Pointing out that it is a much-looked-forward-to occasion, he said that elaborate arrangements precede the event.

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