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In Srirangam, the flow of devotees and water increases

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The scene at the Amma Mandapam bathing ghat in Srirangam on Sunday. | Photo Credit: M_SRINATH

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Devotees from various parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring States continue to throng the temple town of Srirangam to take a holy dip in the Cauvery since the 12-day Cauvery Maha Pushkaram started on September 12.

The footfall of pilgrims was heavy on Sunday – the commencement of the Tamil month ‘Purattasi’ — with devotees flocking to the Amma Mandapam bathing ghat and the nearby ghats to take a sacred bath in the Cauvery.

The water flow has also steadily increased in the river, attracting more devotees.

The Amma Mandapam road and the Mambazha Salai witnessed heavy movement of pilgrims on Sunday. A large number of pilgrims have been coming from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh in tourist buses and other vehicles.


Barricades have been erected at various spots along the Amma Mandapam road to divert vehicular movement in view of the heavy presence of devotees.

A sprawling site along the Salai road has been converted into a temporary parking lot for tourist buses – a majority of which are from Andhra Pradesh.

Police personnel in shifts have been deployed at various spots to regulate traffic and thwart crime.

Firefighters armed with rubber boats and other equipment have been deployed near the Cauvery river to quickly respond to any emergency situation.

Around 80 firefighters would be deployed in shifts till the event concluded, said a senior official of the Fire and Rescue Services Department here.



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Srirangam, the centre of spiritual activities for Maha Pushkaram

Thousands of people are arriving at the bathing ghat along the bank of river Cauvery in Srirangam, near Trichy, to take part in the Maha Pushkaram. While Pushkaram is celebrated once in 12 years, this year, it is observed as Maha Pushkaram, an event that occurs once in 144 years, due to a rare planetary position. Also, this year, the festival is happening in the same year of the 1,000 birth anniversary of Vaishnava philosopher, Acharya Sri Ramanuja. Pushkaram denotes the worship of sacred rivers. Each river is associated with a zodiac sign (rasi) and the river for each year's festival is chosen based on the position of Jupiter. This year is celebrated as Cauvery Maha Pushkaram as Jupiter has entered Thula rasi, which is considered the zodiac sign of Cauvery.

The festival, which began on September 12, will continue till September 24, and an average of five lakh devotees are expected to attend this year.

Facilities have been provided for the devotees, including food at specific points, special buses and rest rooms. Women, children and elderly can be seen taking the holy-dip with great enthusiasm at the Amma Mandapam.
Sathyavathi, a 79-year-old, has come all the way from West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh to take the holy dip. After the bath, she paddled through the water chanting Narayana Mantram. "I have not come here to seek mukhti but to pray for good rains," she says.

People are thronging the place to fulfil various wishes. Vaishnavi S, a 25-year-old, says that it is the first time she is visiting a Pushkaram in Tamil Nadu. "My zodiac sign is Thula (Libra). My parents believe that taking a dip in river Cauvery will fetch me an alliance soon. Even though I do not believe in such things, I will do it for my parents. Besides, I like the kind of belief that people carry about this festival. It is amazing to see elderly people take dip with great enthusiasm. Their energy is boundless," she says.

While the authorities have provided certain facilities for the pilgrims, Shylaja, a 69-year-old, finds the heat in Srirangam unbearable. "It is very hot out here unlike West Godavari. I am visiting Pushkaram here for the first time. The organisers should have provided the facility of tents across the bank for the devotees, like in West Godavari." Talking about the importance of the festival, she adds, "People whose zodiac sign is Libra should take a dip in Cauvery during Pushkaram, as it is believed that it will absolve their sins. It is said that it will also bring bliss and prosperity in their lives."C

Ramachandran, treasurer, Cauvery Pushkaram Brahma Yajna committee reacts, "The government has taken care of all the facilities to be provided for devotees. The committee has organised the event with assistance from Hindu religious and charitable endowment department. The basic facilities like food, rest rooms, transport and health have been arranged. We have one or two ambulances at every bathing Ghat. There is a plenty of space for devotees to sit back and relax after their holy dip as there are many stone temples across the river banks. We have ensured flowing water, so there is going to be no pollution."

Jambunathan Iyer, a resident of Srirangam, says, "It is quite surprising to see that the people of Andhra Pradesh are showing more interest in Pushkaram this time, than those from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka." It seems the followers of Sri Thridandi Sriman Narayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamy have arrived from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in large numbers, he adds.

The Maha Pushkaram celebrations include various homams, japas and yajnas, and are sanctified by Jeers and Vedic scholars from all over the country. While chanting of Vedas, Upanishads and recital of the Ramayana and the Bhagavatham are done, Azhimazhaik Kanna Pasurams are recited by Vedic pundits praying for rainfall. Every evening, mangala arti is shown to all the water bodies. Ancestor worship, devotional music and cultural programmes are also an integral part of this mega festival.


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Srirangam gets ready for Maha Pushkaram

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20,000 expected to visit island daily

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the Cauvery Maha Pushkaram that begins on Tuesday.

It will be celebrated for 12 days from September 12 to September 23.

It is estimated that at least 20,000 devotees across the country, mainly from Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, are expected to visit Srirangam daily.


The organisers have lined up various programmes, including homams, special pujas and cultural events.

Though the festival is being viewed as private, the district administration conducted a review meeting a few days ago to discuss the steps to be taken for providing amenities to the devotees.

A senior official said that Tiruchirapalli City Corporation, Public Health, police, Public Works Department, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments and Tourism departments have been asked to provide necessary facilities to the devotees.

As of now there was no chance for opening Mettur dam for the festival.

If the dam level shot up to 90 feet, there might be chances for water flow in Cauvery particularly during the last leg of the 12 day-festival.

Water would be made available to the devotees at Amma Mandapam bathing ghat during the event, sources added.



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