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Thousands of devotees take part in car festival at Palani

Thousands of devotees take part in car festival at Palani

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: February 9, 2009
URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2009/02/09/stories/2009020950530200.htm

They draw the holy car on the four car streets in Palani

Thousands of devotees witnessed the Thai Poosam holy car procession of Sri Periyanayaki Amman Temple here on Sunday evening.

The god and goddess reached Shanmuga River for a holy dip in the early hours of the day. Amid chanting of hymns, Lord Muthukumaraswamy and goddesses Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai were given a ritualistic bath in the river and taken back to the temple to inspect the holy car.

Meanwhile, the temple staff decorated the car with multi-coloured clothes, flowers and festoons. After special pujas, the aesthetically decorated god and goddesses were mounted on the car at an auspicious time at noon. Special pujas and aradhanas were performed to the deities on the rath also.

With 'Arohara' slogan renting the air, devotees drew the holy car on the four car streets. The temple elephant too pushed the car. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister K.R. Peria Karuppan and Revenue Minister A. Periasamy, along with temple board members and officials, participated.

Adequate police force was deployed at the temple area. Superintendent of Police A. Pari camped in Palani and monitored the security arrangements. Earlier, traffic was closed, power supply snapped and electric cables crisscrossing rath streets removed by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board staff before commencement of the procession.

The celestial wedding took place in the temple between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. The 10-day festival will conclude with 'Theppa Ther' (float festival) on Wednesday. The temple town wore a festive look as several devotees danced with 'kavadis' and others played percussion instruments.


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