Athi Varadar: Huge rush throng Kanchi, Collector makes new announcement

With just 10 more days to go for the curtains to come down on the Athi Varadar vaibhavam in Kanchipuram, all roads are leading to the temple town.

Today, traffic snarls were witnessed from as far as Walajabad itself, with people from various parts of the state thronging Kanchipuram for the darshan of Athi Varadar.

Meanwhile, Collector P Ponniah has said the darshan would come to and at 12 noon on August 17, after which the idol would be kept back in the holy tank.

Today Athi Varadar was seen in rose and yellow silk robes and beautiful flowers. With lakhs of devotees thronging the Sri Devarajaswamy Temple daily for darshan of Athi Varadar, the Kancheepuram district administration, in consultation with the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, has decided not to have VIP darshan on August 16 and 17.

Ponniah told reporters that that to manage the increasing number of devotees, a total of 12,000 policemen would be pressed into service.

“Three additional waiting halls have been provided along the general darshan queue,” he said and added that devotees should be prepared to wait for two days for darshan.

A police officer posed at the Athivarathar temple festival was sent to the Kancheepuram government hospital after he took ill. Senthil Kumar, a head constable from Coimbatore district was posted on duty at the Athi Varadar festival.

On Tuesday afternoon, he complained of breathlessness to a police officer and fainted amidst the temple crowd.

He was given first aid by the medical team, Later he was shifted to the Kanchipuram government hospital for treatment. Police said his condition is stable.