Chennai, Dec 15:
Over one lakh devotees are expected to visit Sri Parthasarathyswamy Perumal temple in Triplicane on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi festival.The Parthasarathy Temple at Triplicane is gearing up for Vaikunta Ekadesi celebrations on December 18.
‘Sorgavasal’ will be opened at the famous Sri Parthsarathy Swami Temple in Triplicane, Chennai, on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi at 4.30 AM.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple has been traditionally celebrating the annual occasion of opening of ‘sorgavasal` known as ‘Thirumozhi Thirunal’ or ‘Thiruvaimozhi Thirunal’ in a grand manner.
With the annual Pagal pathu and Raapathu pooja that happens regularly in the month of Margazhi going on now, the temple officials are expecting a huge crowd to witness Vaikunta Ekadesi.The temple officials were gearing up to handle the seaof pilgrims expected on that day to ensure a hassle-freedarshan to the devotees.
Explaining about the arrangements made for the occasion,Temple Executive Officer M.Jothilakshmi said “Vaikunta Ekadesi will be celebrated on December 18. On that day, Muthangi Sevai of Moolavar will be at 2.30 a.m.; Vaira Angi Sevai of Utsavar will be at 2.45 a.m.; Paramapada Vaasal at 4.30 a.m. and Utsavar Alangara Thirumanjanam will be at 10 a.m.
Special queues for entry into the temple and the sanctum sanctorum would beput in place.
Thousands of police personnel will be deployed in and around the temple with hundreds of traffic police on the occasion.
Three medical camps with two standby ambulances would be stationed at the venue to attend to people.
Necessary drinking water facilities for the devotees would also be ensured.
Apart from this, giant LED screens would be erected on the western and eastern sides of the temple.A similar screen would also be erected outside the templeto show live streaming of the poojas.
Jothilakshmi further said, ‘The crowd will be segregated into three different queues. One queue will be on ticket basis, another free dharshan for 1,000 people on a first come first serve basis and there will be a special queue for senior citizens and differentlyabled people. A ramp will be erected for them’.
He further said special buses and trains would be operated to Triplicane. Also vehicles will not be allowed to ply on the temple’s road, so that devotees can visit the temple without any hardship, he said.
Apart from policemen, CCTV cameras will be monitoring the crowed. ‘There are 20 CCTV cameras inside the temple premises with 14 more outside,’ the official said.
Food such as tamarind rice, curd rice, pongal and laddu will be given to devotees. Also Bhagavad Gita books will be distributed at free of cost, Jothilakshmi said.
Officials from various departments and HRCE PRO Marudha Pillai were participated in the press meet for Vaikunda Ekadasi of the temple.