Tens of thousands of devotees from all over the country thronged the Lord Parthasarathy temple at Triplicane in Chennai on Monday, to witness the consecreation of Lord Narasimhar shrine there.
“The last kumbabishegam was held in 2005. Recently, the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Board which maintains the shrine, allotted Rs one crore for renovation works. It was only last week that all the work got completed. Following this, pujas and homams began to be conducted at the temple premises, from 18-21 August, both in the mornings and evenings”, said sources.
With instructions from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the balalayam (temporary strucutres) of these sannadhis was built recently. Till renovation is completed, rituals will not be held in the sannidhis. Instead, all poojas will be offered where the balalaya kalasams are kept.
The consecration of sannadhis is held here every 12 years in two phases, with the last two phases in 2004 and 2005. This time around, the first phase was completed last year at cost of `5 crore for the sannidhis of presiding deity Parthasarathy and for Andal, Vedavalli Thayar, Ranganathar, Kothandaramar, Ramanujar, Manavala Mamunigal and other acharyas apart from the rajagopuram (chief tower).
Meanwhile, the Palliyoda Seva Sanghom, organisers of the ritualistic feast, Vallasadya, at the Sree Parthasarathy Temple at Aranmula and the snakeboat regatta, Uthrittathi Vallamkali, in Pampa river , conducted a day-long resource mobilisation drive on Sunday to procure vegetables and provisions for the mega feast, Ashtami-Rohini Vallasadya, to be held at the temple premises on the Sree Krishna Janmashtami day on Wednesday.
The Sanghom launched a vehicular tour of the villages in and around Aranmula on Sunday to collect vegetables and other articles for the ritualistic feast.