Tiruchirapalli

Gangaikondacholapuram temple to be consecrated

‘Dwajasthambam’ has been set up at the temple in Gangaikondacholapuram in Ariyalur district.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

Maha kumbabhishekam will be performed at the famous temple dedicated to Sri Brahadeeswarar, and built at an interior village Gangaikondacholapuram in this district by Rajendra Chola on the lines of Big Temple in Thanjavur, will be performed on February 2.

Special kaala pujai is being held at the temple to mark the ‘maha kumbabhishekam’. A large number of devotees have been participating in the yaga sala puja and offering their worship to the deities of Lord Brahadeeswarar and Sri Brahanayaki.

The temple is noted for various idols carved on the ‘vimanam’ and also on the walls of ‘prakaram.’ The idol of Sri Chandesa Anugrahamurthy is one of the major idols which speaks volumes about the skill of the sculptors. Though there was provision for ‘dwajasthambam’ for the temple, it got damaged over the centuries. The temple authorities and the devotees had made arrangements for setting up the ‘dwajasthambam’ in front of the huge Nandhi at the entrance to the temple.

The holy ‘dwajasthambam’ is 43.8 feet in height and its base has a pedestal of about 6.9 feet. Holy waters from the Ganges had been brought for the kumbabhishekam. Devotees brought the holy waters in 108 pots in a procession around the temple marking the commencement of the yaga sala puja on Friday. The holy material will be anointed at various shrines of the temple on February 1. The kumbabhishekam will be held on February 2 at 9-30 a.m. for the ‘vimanams,’ and at 10 a.m. for the idols at the shrines.


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