Restrictions for Athi Varadar darshan due to Aadi Pooram

On the 34th day of His rising from the holy tank, Lord Athi Varadar today gave darshan to devotees in light red silk and shenbagam and other floral decorations.

In view of Aadi Pooram and Aandal Thirukalyanam today, devotees will not be allowed to have darshan between 5 pm and 8 pm. People who manage to stand in queue before 2 pm would only be allowed to have darshan till 5 pm.

However, there will be darshan of Athi Varadar after 8 pm till midnight. Since today being Saturday, which is auspicious to Lord Perumal, devotees thronged the Sri Varadarajaswamy temple in large numbers since early morning

On August 15 too, there will be restrictions for darshan in view of Garuda Sevai. Athi Varadar, who was giving darshan in reclining pose (sayana kolam) from July 1 to 31, started giving darshan in standing pose (ninra thirukkolam) from August 1.

The idol of Athi Varadar was brought out from the Ananthasaras tank after 40 years and has been kept for darshan till August 17.

Officials started providing annadhanam to devotees from Friday. Speaking to journalists after visiting a centre on Chetty Street, where food was being provided to devotees, HR&CE Commissioner K Phanindra Reddy said that the department started accepting donations online for the past 4 -5 days for the purpose.

He said that 46 organisations have been chosen to distribute food and over one lakh persons were being provided food daily. The centre at Chetty Street was being managed by the Sri Sankara Math, where the department supplies the materials.