The Tamirabharani Mahapushkaram festival began here on Thursday. Many ceremonies and rituals were performed at a number of places along the course of the river in this district.
Devotees took a holy dip in the river as part of the festival, said to be conducted once in 144 years. Special pujas, yagams and aratis were held at six places. Twenty-nine places with stairs leading to the river were identified to allow devotees take a dip in the river.
A yagasala pooja was performed near the Kailasanathar Temple at Murappanadu. Devotees participated in it after taking out a procession from Annadana Vinayagar Kovil.
Pillayarpatti Somasundara Gurukkal led the rituals here. Tamirabharani Mahapushkara Committee made necessary arrangements.
Similar ceremonies and worship took place at various places such as Srivaikuntam, Alwarthirunagari, Eral, Mukkani, Karungulam, Azhikudi, Thenthiruperai, Athur and Sernthapoomangalam.
Collector Sandeep Nanduri and Superintendent of Police Murali Rambha inspected the arrangements made at Murappanadu. Sub-Collector M.S. Prasanth and Assistant Collector (Training) S. Anu were present. Over 3,000 police personnel were deployed for security duty.
Trash cans were kept at various places and devotees were requested not to litter and throw away waste materials in the river. Numerous devotees were expected to participate in the festival from Friday onwards.