Grand Thai Poosam celebrations in Murugan temples

Thai Poosam is being celebrated with temples of Lord Muruga across Tamil Nadu and in other parts of the world with spiritual fervour.

At Vadalur Sathya Gnana Sabhai, the 149th Thai Poosam Jothi Dharisanam was held. Thousands of devotees had the dharisanam of Jothi at the Arutprakasa Vallalar temple.

The Southern Railway has introduced an additional train between Coimbatore and Palani for 11 days to manage the rush during the Thaipoosam festival.

Deputy speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman and MP P R Natarajan welcomed the announcement and said the special train was introduced based on their requests. Natarajan said he had demanded the train during the divisional rail users’ committee meeting on January 7, while Pollachi Jayaraman said he had officially written to the Southern Railway asking for the train in December and as recently as January 23.

Last week, District Collector M. Vijayalakshmi conducted the second preparatory meeting for the ensuing Thaipoosam festival at the Palani Andavar Arts College, in which she reviewed the various works in progress with the officials concerned.

Thaipoosam, that begins today will be held till February 11 and lakhs of devotees from across the State are expected to visit the Palani hill shrine during this period.

The district administration has geared up to host the festival with cooperation from various departments, including the HR and CE, health, fire and rescue services, police, transport and TANGEDCO etc, said the Collector.

The Collector said that more than two lakh devotees are expected to visit the Dhandayuthapani Swami temple during the festival and most of them will be padayatris.

For the convenience of the pilgrims, the district administration has set up 11 permanent kavadi mandapams, 12 staying centres inside Chinnakumarar complex, 48 free toilet and bathroom facilities, 28 purified drinking water points and permanent shades in eight places apart from 48 temporary shades.