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Kanda Sashti festival begins in Murugan temples

Kanda Sashti festival, an important event in the calendar of temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, began at four of his six abodes in the southern districts on Thursday.

The festival begins on the New Moon day of the Tamil month of Aippasi. It culminates in the ‘soorasamharam,’ annihilation of the demon Soorapadman, by Lord Murugan. This is followed by the celestial wedding of Lord Murugan with Devasena. The ‘soorasamharam’ performed at the Tiruchendur temple draws a large number of devotees from all over Tamil Nadu and south-east Asia. The celestial wedding takes place at Tirupparankundram near Madurai.

Hundreds of people began ‘Kanda Sashti’ viratham at the Subramaniaswamy Temple at Tirupparankundram on Thursday. Most of them stay in the precincts of the temple reciting hymns from Tirumurugatrupadai, Kandar Kalivenba, Kandar Anuboothi, Kandar Alangaram, Kanda Sashti Kavasam and Kandapuraman during the fasting period. The festival also commenced at Tirumaliruncholai atop Alagarkoil where devotees offered prayers.

The festival began with the yagasala puja at the Tiruchendur temple where thousands of devotees from various countries converged to begin their Kanda Sashti fast. After the temple was opened at 1 a.m., ‘viswaroopa deeparadhanai’ was performed at 1.30 a.m., which was followed by ‘udhaya marthanda abhishekam’ at 2 a.m. The ‘soorasamhaaram’ will be enacted on the beach at 4.30 p.m. on November 17.

The festival commenced at Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple at Palani. with ‘kappu kattu’ ceremony and kalpa puja. The celestial wedding of Lord Muthukumarasamy with Goddess Devasena will take place on November 18.

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