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Fervour marks festival

CEREMONIOUS EVENT: Devotees having a darshan of the holy rath in Dindigul on Friday. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

CEREMONIOUS EVENT: Devotees having a darshan of the holy rath in Dindigul on Friday. PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.  

Staff Reporter

Devotees offer hundreds of quintals of flowers to Goddess

DINDIGUL: Thousands of devotees offered hundreds of quintals of flowers to the Goddess at Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple as part of flower-offering ceremony, a ritual is done before the flag hoisting, to mark the commencement of Annual Masi festival here on Friday.

Flag hoisting would take place on February 20, fire walk festival and rath procession on March 2.

The Goddess was mounted on a florally decorated holy rath at an auspicious time. Later, the holy car procession started and ended at the temple after passing through Car Streets, Palani Main Road and Gopalasamudram Road.

A dawn-to-dusk flower abishekam had been performed to the main deity.

The aim of the procession was to collect flowers from the devotees.

Lorries followed the rath to transport flowers collected from the devotees.

Several temporary flower collection centres had been set up on prime locations.

This festival brought great cheers to floriculturists.

High price

Flower growers heaved a sigh of relief, though it was temporary, as the price of flowers that was plummeted sharply last week skyrocketed since Thursday, owing to high demand. Setting up of several temporary flower-vending shops on rath-passing route had increased the volume of flower sale manifold.

Flower prices continued to grow at wholesale flower market on Friday also.

Roses that were sold at Rs.10 a kg last week became a rare commodity as their prices touched Rs.50 a kg.

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