Grand consecration for Thanjavur big temple, lakhs attend

The mega consecration ceremony of Lord Brahadeeswarar Temple (Big Temple or Peruvudaiyar Kovil) in Thanjavur performed today in a grand manner. The event was witnessed by lakhs of devotees.

The ceremony rituals were conducted in both Tamil and Sanskrit, as the court has ordered to hold rituals and pujas in accordance with the agama principles and Tamil should be given due place by chanting Thirumurai.

As per the court order, a team of Odhuvars recited Thevaram, Thiruvasagam, Thirumurai and other hymns in Tamil during the consecration.

The four Main Streets around the Palace and the roads leading to the Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple in the Old Town area wore a festive look on Tuesday ahead of the consecration scheduled for Wednesday.

Right from the morning, the Big Temple received a steady flow of devotees from the town and far-off places as several tourist groups have added Thanjavur among the places they planned to visit in view of the consecration.

Director General of Police (DGP) JK Tripathy on Monday reviewed security arrangements for the consecration of the Big Temple to be held on February 5. The DGP visited the new and old bus stands, railway station, Tilakar thidal, Big Temple entrance and reviewed arrangements.

Responding to questions by reporters, Tripathy said it is expected that around 5 lakh devotees would participate in the consecration festival on Wednesday. He added that adequate security arrangements were made for the function.

As per the customs of Hinduism, ‘kumbhabhishekam’ is done once in 12 years. According to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department, the temple had ‘kumbhabhishekam’ in 1010, 1729, 1843, 1980 and 1997.

Commissioner of municipal administration K Baskaran visited the temple and examined drinking water, rest room, and other basic amenities provided by the municipal corporation. In view of the ceremony, food has been arranged at the Raja Raja Samaya Sanga marriage hall near the temple.