Thou­sands take dip in Thamirabarani as Maha Pushkaram gets un­der­way

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - THINAKARAN RAJAMANI

IN com­par­i­son to the peo­ple from var­i­ous In­dian states, devo­tees from Andhra Pradesh and Te­lan­gana have vis­ited more in num­bers on Fri­day here to take part in the ‘Thamirabarani Maha Pushkaram’, a 11-day-long fes­ti­val that takes place once in 144 years.

Af­ter tak­ing holy bath in Thaipoosa man­da­pam and Ku­rukuthu­rai Mu­ru­gan tem­ple ghats at Thamirabarani river, the devo­tees of­fered prayers at Nel­laiyap­par and Pa­panasam tem­ples. How­ever, the devo­tees who vis­ited Pa­panasam tem­ple were rel­a­tively low in num­bers com­pared to Nel­laiyap­par tem­ple.

Speaking to Ex­press, Narla Srini­vas, a busi­ness­man hail­ing from Karim­na­gar district of Te­lan­gana, has said that he brought his fam­ily mem­bers to cel­e­brate ‘Maha Pushkaram’. “I have been at­tend­ing all the Pushkaram fes­ti­vals cel­e­brated in var­i­ous rivers across In­dia. De­spite from an other State, we are well aware of the his­tory of Thamirabarani.” Narla said.

Ob­serv­ing that Thamirabarani river is rel­a­tively clean that other rivers Narla said that peo­ple here are help­ful. He also said that he al­ways see rivers as god­dess and teach the same to his chil­dren.

One V Renu from Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh said that she ar­rived here upon learn­ing about Thamirabarani river through her grand­fa­ther. “I feel that the basic ameni­ties ar­ranged near ghats are not ad­e­quate. Also, the Tamil Nadu govern­ment should have an­nounced this fes­ti­val as a govern­ment func­tion,” she sug­gested.

Trains, lodges packed

In view of ‘Maha Pushkaram’ Trains ar­riv­ing from places in­clud­ing Ban­ga­lore, Mum­bai and Mysore were densely packed. Oc­cu­pan­cies in nearly 250 lodges lo­cated in Tirunelveli Junc­tion, Pet­tai, Meenatchipu­ram, Van­nara­pet­tai, Sripu­ram, Me­la­palayam and Palayamkot­tai have also gone up.

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