Curtains down on Athi Varadar fest
Yes, the big tumult over the idol of Athi Varadar is finally over. On Saturday, it was returned to its resting place in Ananthasaras tank at the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu for another 40 years. A detailed history of the festival has been covered by The Hindu. The festival began on July 1 and since then devotees have been rushing in for darshan. It is believed that when the idol is lifted, it brings with it prosperity and strength.
Devotees thronged into the Sri Devarajaperumal temple to get a glimpse of the 9 feet long idol of Athi Varadar for one more time before it being immersed into its underwater abode in the temple tank. Around 8 crore was collected by The Hindu Religion and Charitable Endowments department from the hundi collection at the Devarajaperumal temple, Kancheepuram, reports Times of India.The temple revenue went up after the festival with VIP donations and a great hike in ticket sales. Almost 7 lakh tickets were sold over the 47 days of the festival.
Despite a steady drizzle, visitors came before darshan closed on Friday night. On the next day, the main pujaris of the temple applied a concoction that included around 60 kg of Sandhanadhi Thailam, on the idol to prevent fungal growth.The temple town of Kancheepuram is witnessing rains and the Ananthasaras tank is fast filling. The water from another tank inside the temple, Pottramarai kulam is also let inside the Ananthasaras causing the rise in water level, says News Today.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced the government’s move to split the Vellore district into three, reports The Hindu. The Vellore district is one of the largest in the state and dividing it further will only contribute to further development of the areas, said Revenue Minister R.B. Udayakumar.
Instilling caste differences in young minds.
Various schools in Tamil Nadu have been reported to promote caste discrimination by asking children to wear colored bands as markers of their castes or political affiliation. A circular was passed by the Director of School Education to senior educational officers instructing to stop such practices immediately, says The Hindu.