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Record-breaking monthly collection in Srirangam temple's hundials

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The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam has created a history of sorts with the monthly hundial collections fetching Rs 1.23 crore when they were counted on Tuesday. The latest figure was touted to be the highest ever hundial collection in the temple's recent history for which the recently concluded Vaikunda Ekadasi festival was attributed as it drew close to 10 lakh devotees last month.

The 21-day long Vaikunda Ekadasi celebrations came to an end with the observance of Nammalvar Motcham on January 8. The festival attracted heavy footfall particularly post the New Year's day.

Ahead of the commencement of Vaikunda Ekadasi, the coffers were last opened and counted by volunteers on December 18, 2017. After 35 days, the coffers were once again opened on Tuesday, and the valuables were counted by as many as 120 volunteers. With the counting process concluding on Tuesday around 7pm, it is said that a sum of Rs 1.23 crores in cash was offered by the devotees. Besides the cash, about 276g of gold and 1,135g of silver were also donated.

"The money will be utilised to meet the festival expenditure and maintenance of the 156-acre temple complex and to pay salaries for 115 staffs of the Hindu religious and charitable endowments (HR&CE) department. Surplus sum will be deposited in the bank as fixed deposit in the name of the chief deity," joint commissioner of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, P Jayaraman said.

HR&CE officials added that Srirangam temple fetching UNESCO award recently in November 2017 for protecting and conserving cultural heritage had helped the temple to attract a certain number of NRIs and cultural tourists from Germany, France and few other European nations.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/record-breaking-monthly-collection-in-srirangam-temples-hundials/articleshow/62625163.cms


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15,000 Foriegn Tourists Visited Srirangam during the past 3 weeks--- A Huge Uplift after UNESCO Award


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The 21-day long Vaikunta Ekadasi festival at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam concluded on Monday with the observance of Nammalvar Motcham.

The rituals for Nammalvar Motcham were initiated by the senior priests at 6am on Monday. The idol of Nammalvar, one of the 12 supreme devotees of Lord Vishnu, was placed at the feet of Lord Namperumal, the processional deity of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Temple sources said the practice is observed in every Vaikunta Ekadasi to re-enact saint Nammalvar achieving Motcham (transcendent state) in front of Namperumal.

Around 10 lakh devotees participated in the nearly three-week-long festival.

"All through the 21 days of festival, at least 10 lakh people, including 15,000 foreign nationals, thronged the temple. Crowd management was ensured at every stage of the festival," HR&CE joint-commissioner P Jayaraman said.

HR&CE (Hindu religious and charitable endowments department) officials said the recent Unesco award for the temple had helped it attract a certain number of exclusive devotees from foreign countries like Germany and France.

Srirangam well known as the 'Boologa Vaikundam' (heaven on Earth), is synonymous for Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, the foremost of all Divya Desam temples as per Vaishnavite belief.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/vaikunta-ekadasi-festival-comes-to-a-spiritual-close-in-srirangam/articleshow/62421294.cms


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Soon OLA booking point in Srirangam Railway station too

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Over 5 Lakhs Pilgrims from India visited Srirangam over the past 2 Days


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Heavy security for Srirangam

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The temple town of Srirangam will be brought under a thick security blanket on ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ on December 29 when the ‘Paramapadavaasal’ will be opened inside the temple premises.

The opening of the ‘Paramapadavaasal’ is the highlight of the 21-day festival that concludes on January 8.

The City Police and the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department have braced up for the celebrations, when devotees throng the shrine in large numbers.

Anticipating a heavy turnout this year too, the law enforcers have prepared a detailed security scheme. In addition to mobilising the total strength of the city police, manpower has been augmented by drawing police personnel from various districts in the State.

Besides the Central Zone, additional police personnel from Coimbatore, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts have been drawn for security duty within the temple, its vicinity and in different places in Srirangam to maintain order, prevent crimes and regulate vehicular movement.

Police sources said the sprawling temple premises and its vicinity had been divided into seven sectors and each one of them would be headed by a senior police officer in the rank of a Superintendent of Police.

The overall security arrangements would be monitored by the Commissioner of Police, A. Amalraj, with four SPs drawn from other units and districts.

The sources said over 10 anti-sabotage teams would be deployed at vantage points within the shrine where LED and LCDs would be installed at key spots to enable devotees watch the celebrations.

Separate teams of policemen would be deployed to keep a tab on offenders and prevent crimes. Traffic police teams would be deployed to regulate movements of vehicles entering and leaving the temple town.

A chain of surveillance cameras had been installed at strategic points inside and outside the temple with the entire movements being monitored from a temporary outpost set up inside the temple.

Mr. Amalraj said around 3,500 police personnel would be deployed on Vaikunta Ekadasi.

A meeting of senior police officers, presided over by the Commissioner of Police, was convened here on Wednesday. The sources said the police personnel would be deployed on Thursday.

Temple authorities said seating arrangements had been made in the 100-pillar mandapam for devotees. Water bottles had been arranged for them.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 290372.ece

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Traffic diversion for Vaikunta Ekadasi at Srirangam

The City police have announced elaborate measures to regulate devotees and traffic in Srirangam during the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival at the Sri Ranganathasamy Temple.

With the opening of the Paramapadavasal, the main event of the festival scheduled for December 29, the city police have announced that the following measures would be in place from midnight of December 28 till the end of the day on December 29:

Devotees would be allowed to enter the temple for free darshan on priority basis after midnight on December 28 on a queue from the western side of the Renga Renga gopuram. These devotees would be seated at the Pavithra Mandapam, Vagana Medai, Durai Prakaram, Ulkodai Mandapam and Prasanna front mandapam. Those with Rs. 3000 tickets would be allowed to go via Renga Renga gopuram to reach Sandhanu mandapam. Sponsors with passes and those with Rs. 500 tickets would have to go via the queue on the eastern side of the Renga Renga gopuram.

People would be allowed to go via these three entry points only between midnight and 2 a.m. on December 29. Devotees would not be allowed to enter through the Keezhaku Vasal or Vadaku Vasal until the opening of the Paramapadavasal.

After the opening of Paramapadavasal, devotees going only to the Sorga Vasal would be allowed via the queue on the western side of Renga Renga gopuram. Those heading for darshan of Muthangi Seva would have to go via the queue on the eastern side of the Renga Renga gopuram. After darshan, they would have to go via Thondaiman Gate to reach the Paramapadavasal.

Those with Rs. 250 tickets can enter the temple via the East Gate (Vellai gopuram) for darshan of Moolavar after opening of Paramapadavasal. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities would be allowed via Vadaku Vasal after 6 a.m. on December 29 for darshan of utsavar at 1000 Pillar Mandapam. All devotees should exit via Vellai gopuram.

Traffic diversions

The following traffic diversions would be in force from 8 p.m. on December 28 to 2 p.m. the next day:

All town buses to Srirangam from Central and Chathram Bus Stands would ply via Anna Statue, Odathurai road over bridge, Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road, Checkpost No6, Panchakarai Road, Nelson Road-Singaperumal Kovil bus stop, Gandhi Road, Srirangam Bus Stand, Amma Mandapam, Mambazha Salai, Anna Statue and Chathram Bus Stand.

Buses heading towards to Lalgudi and Manachanallur from Chathram Bus Stand would go via Odathurai Road over bridge, Bypass Road, Checkpost 6 and Coleroon bridge and on return would go via Coleroon bridge, Panchakarai Road, Nelson Road, Gandhi Road, Amma Mandapam and Mambazhasalai to reach Chathram Bus Stand. Buses plying on Perambalur, Ariyalur, Thuraiyur and Cuddalore routes from Chathram bus stand can operate on their regular route.

VIP vehicles would be allowed via Mambazhasalai, Amma Mandapam Road, Raghavendra Arch, Thiruvalluvar Street and West Chithirai Street and vehicles with passes via Chennai By-pass Road, Panchakarai Road, Mottai Gopuram and North Chithrai Street. Tourist buses of devotees entering the city from Karur Road would have to be parked at National Higher Secondary School grounds.

Tourist buses of devotees coming from Madurai, Pudukottai and Thanjavur would have to go via Palpannai, Chennai Bypass Road and Panchakarai Road and parked at Kollidakarai, opposite to Yatri Nivas. Tourist buses coming from Chennai, Ariyalur and Salem would go via Y Road Junction and Panchakarai to reach the parking area at Kollidakarai.

Cars and vans of devotees would have to go via Chennai By-pass Road, Panchakarai Road, Dasavathara Sannidhi and Melur Road to reach Moolathoppu/ Muthu Nagar parking areas.

Autorickshaws transporting senior citizens and persons with disabilities would be allowed via Thiruvanaikovil Junction, Gandhi Road, North Devi Road and Keezha Chithrai Veedhi to reach the temple.

Residents of Uthirai Street have been directed to park their vehicles at North Chithirai Street on December 28 and 29.

All heavy goods vehicles from Karur heading towards the city, Thanjavur or Pudukottai would be diverted at Kulithalai via Musiri, No.1 Tollgate and Chennai By-pass Road. Goods vehicles heading to Karur from Pudukottai or Thanjavur would go via Musiri.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 283704.ece


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