A large number of devotees from across the state participated in the ashtabandana mahakumbabishekam of the ancient Kailasanathar Temple in the rural town of Tharamangalam on Sunday.
The kumbabishekam was being held in the temple under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Department after a gap of 24 years, though it has to be performed once in 12 years. The five-day long event commenced at the temple on Wednesday.
The Temple, constructed in the 16th century, is famous for its historical importance and architectural marvel. The intricately carved stone sculptures attract devotees and tourists from across the country round the year.
The HR and CE department launched various renovation works for the kumbabishekam. Paintings of images of Gods and Goddesses on the rajagopuram at the entrance and the vimanas atop the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Ambal, Sri Sivakami, Sri Subramaniar and Sri Natarajar were completed with perfection.
Yagasalai was setup nearby and various yagams and pujas were conducted in the last two days.
The pots containing holy water were brought in a procession from the yagasalai after special prayers in the early hours of the day. Later, the threethachariyars sprinkled the holy water on the kalasams of 150-feet tall rajagopuram. The holy water was later sprinkled on the devotees through the fire service vehicles. The temple authorities had also made arrangement for showering flower petals on the devotees throught a helicopter.
Later, the holy water abishekam was conducted to Kailasanathar and Sivagami Amman, followed by the performance of deeparadanai.
In the evening, tirukkalyanam was performed for the Kailasanathar udanurai Sivagamasundari urchava moorthis, followed by swami procession.
HR and CE Minister Sevur S. Ramachandran, District Collector Rohini R. Bhaji Bhakare, Superintendent of Police, P. Rajan, Joint Commissioner of HR and CE Varadarajan participated in the kumbabishekam.
The Salem district police had made elaborate security arrangements in Tharamangalam and surrounding areas. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporatoin operated special buses from different parts of the district to Tharamangalam. Annadhanam formed part of the event throughout the day.