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End phase of Tamiraparani Pushkaram

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The scene shifts to the Brahmaputra but not before bidding farewell to Tamiraparani

The banks of the Tamiraparani at Kurukkuturai and Tiruppudaimarudur in Tirunelveli district are getting ready for Anthima Pushkaram function, happening November 1 onwards. The transit of Jupiter in 2018 was marked by the entry of Pushkaram in the river Tamiraparani on October 12 last year. The planets were in a unique constellation, the phenomenon occurring after 144 years. The event was celebrated on a grand scale at Kurukkuturai, famous for its Murugan temple, for 12 days. This year, the transit of Jupiter (Guru) will signal the movement of Pushkaram from Tamiraparani to the Brahmaputra. The end-phase will be celebrated for three days at Kurukkuturai and the waters taken to Guwahati, where it will be consigned to the Brahmaputra on November 5. Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati, 70th head of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam, who is on an extensive Vijaya Yatra, will be present on the occasion. Also the heads of various Adheenams, including Dharmapuram, Tiruvavaduturai, Tiruppanandal, Velakurichi and Sengol, will participate.

Over to Guwahati

On November 5, the Pushkaram flag will be hoisted at Sonaram Field, Bharalamukh, Guwahati, marking the inauguration of the 12-day Brahmaputra Pushkar and Sanskritik Mahotsav. Mahalakshmi Charitable Trust, Chennai, and Purva Tirupati Balaji Seva Samithi, Guwahati, are working together to make all the arrangements. The festival has Prof. Jagadish Mukhi, Governor of Assam, Sarbannanada Sonowal, Chief Minister, and Himanta Biswas Sarma, Health Minister as Patrons for the event with a host of members on the Working Committee. From November 5-16, during the day, various rituals, pujas and chants will take place. Aarati will be done for the river at 5.30 p.m. Special bus services have been organised for the pilgrims during Pushkar.

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