Athi Varadar: Long weekend brings huge crowd to Kanchipuram

Due to a three-day holiday (Saturday, Sunday and Bakrid on Monday), devotees are making a beeline to the temple town of Kanchipuram for the darshan of Lord Athi Varadar.

Huge lineup of vehicles and people can be seen from the outskirts of Kanchipuram and serpentine queues are leading devotees to the temple from various sides.

Increase number of police personnel have been posted. Today, on the 41st day of His rising from the holy tank and 10th day of standing pose (ninra thirukkolam), the Lord is seen in white and rose attire with beautiful garlands of flowers adorning Him.

Since just six more days to go for the festival to end, number of devotees is only expected to go high in the days to come.

Kanchipuram Collector P Ponniah has announced that there will be no darshan on the last day – 17 August. VIP darshan would be stopped with 15 August and only general darshan will be allowed 16 August, it is said.

In view of the swelling crowds at the Sri Devaraja Swamy temple in neighbouring Kancheepuram, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said local holiday would be declared for three days on August 13,14 and 16, to prevent any disturbances to the school and college students.

Also, the move would facilitate the use of educational institutions’ premises for parking of thousands of vehicles heading straight to Kancheepuram town.