Special prayers were offered to Lord Vinayaga by devotees on Vinayagar Chathurthi here on Wednesday. Large size Vinayagar idols were installed to be taken out in processions in various parts of the district. Major processions have been scheduled on September 22 and 23. Adequate security was in place across the district ahead of the processions to be taken out by the devotees.
The devotees have been apprised of procession routes from Vilathikulam to Vembar, Arumuganeri to Tiruchendur, Udangudi to Tiruchendur and Sathankulam to Kulasekarapatnam, according to police sources. Four locations were earmarked for the immersion of the idols at Threspuram and Thermal Nagar in Tuticorin and also at Vembar and Tiruchendur.
Home Guards were also roped in to intensify vigil during the procession. Around 150 Home Guards personnel have been deputed. Besides, religious volunteers would also ensure smooth conduct of the procession, sources added.
Vinayaga Chathurthi was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in different parts of the district. People offered special prayers to Lord Vinayaga in all the temples by offering garlands of ‘arugampul’ on Wednesday.
As many as 2,000 eco-friendly idols have been installed across the district. The idols would be immersed in water bodies for three days from September 21 at Kanyakumari, Sothavilai, Chinnavilai, Sanguthurai, Pallikondan dam, Vettumadai, Midalam, Thengapattinam, near Thirparappu falls and Tamirabarani river.
The police have made elaborate security arrangements and deployed as many as 1,200 police personnel in the sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incidents. The police have directed various Hindu outfits to adhere to the rules and regulations in connection with installing and immersing the idols. The Vinayaga Chathurthi procession would be taken out in the routes permitted by the police. The idols would be installed at places as were done last year to perform pujas.
The organisers of the procession should ensure that the idols were made of clay and a five-member committee should take care of the idols in their respective places.