Athi Varadar glows in rose attire, no darshan on Aug 17

Lord Athi Varadar of Kanchipuram, who is being worshipped by lakhs of devotees on a daily basis, today gave darshan in rose attire and beautiful flowers.

Meanwhile, Kanchipuram Collector K Ponniah has said there will be no darshan of Athi Varadar on the last day of the vaibhavam, 17 August.

Accordingly, the time for darshan on 16 August will be extended, he said. Addressing a press meet at Kancheepuram, he said that August 16 would be the last day for darshan to the public. It has been decided not to have VIP darshan on August 16.

The decision was taken after consulting with the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and the archakas of the temple.

Huge crowds – running into lakhs – were witnessed today and the district administration expects the number to swell in the coming days.

The idol was taken out of the Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple tank end-June and kept for darshan in sayana thirukolam from 1 July. On 1 August, the posture changed to ninra thirukolam.

The Collector further said the district administration plans to add more parking points and allow devotees to stay near the parking lots from where they would be taken to the temple.