Express press service
CUDDALORE: After two years, thousands of devotees took part in the car procession organized as part of the Aani Thirumanjanam Urchavam festival from the Nataraja temple in Chidambaram on Tuesday. It was the ninth day of the great annual festival.
Under DSP S Rameshraj, the police were deployed on the roads and inside the temple. Homeguards, NSS and NCC cadres have also been deployed to control traffic on the main roads. On June 27, the Aani Thirumanjanam Urchavam of Sri Sabha Nayagar Temple (Nataraja) was launched with a flag hoisted.
In the morning, decorated idols of Natarajamorty, Sivakamasundari, Subramaniar, Vinayagar and Sandikeswarar were kept in different cars. The procession started from Theradi to Keezhaveedhi and returned to the same place in the evening, after passing through Therkuveedhi, Melaveedhi and Vadakuveedhi.
Prior to the procession, devotees and Sivanadiyars from Hindu organizations Alaya Pathukappu Kuzhu, Thillai Thirumuraikazhagam and Appar Thondu marked the occasion by washing the road with water and drawing kolams. The Othuvars also sang Thirumurai Aradhana songs (devotional hymns) before the procession.
According to tradition, the deeparathanai and the mandagapadi (donation of silk garments to idols Natarajamorthy and Sivakamasundari) were performed by members of the Kanjithotti fishing community in Melaveedhi. Local sources said that according to mythology, Lord Shiva married Parvathy Devi from the fishing community. As a dowry, the fishermen gave silk fruits during the procession of the cars.
After the procession was over, the idols were taken to the Thousand Pillar Hall and the Egakala Latcharchanai was played. On the tenth day, Mahaabhishekam and Anithirumanjana Darshan will take place at Thousand Pillars Hall, then Ragasiya Pooja will take place at Chit Sabhai. Then the idols will be taken to Nadanapandal for Aani Thirumanjanam Darshan and then Chit Sabhai Pravesam will take place.
On the last day, the Panjamorthy Carriage Procession will take place.