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Thousands take dip in Cauvery

By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau

TIRUCHI, AUG. 2. Thousands of people in the delta districts except tail-end areas took a dip in the Cauvery on the 18th day of the Tamil month, `Adi', today.

With 7 tmc (thousand million cusecs) of water released from the Mettur dam specifically for the event, the river was a witness to rituals and forms of worship.

In Tiruchi, the idol of Goddess Cauvery at Ammamandapam was worshipped by hundreds of people.

Celebration was marked by pomp and gaiety on the embankments.

Steps were taken by the police, Corporation, Public Works and the Fire and Rescue Service departments for smooth conduct of rituals at minor and major bathing ghats.

Devotees were advised over the public address system to be wary of strangers and pocket-pickers.

Two children, who slipped into the river were rescued by a team of Fire and Rescue service personnel of the Srirangam unit.

Ammamandapam presented a scene of sea of humanity. Newly-wed couples offered `muhurtha malais', garlands used during their marriage, to the Cauvery river in fulfilment of their vow.

As part of a ritual, they replaced the `mangalasutra' with a new one. Some of them came with their infants.

Thanjavur

The event was observed with enthusiasm in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts.

Attired in their best, women visited bathing ghats along Cauvery, Vennar and Grand Anaicut canal and worshipped Cauvery.

They performed poojas to the river and set afloat betel leaves with camphor lit on them. Children had their share of joy by diving from bridges.

At Thanjavur, people gathered at the bathing ghat near the Big Temple in the Grand Anaicut canal system.

Nagapattinam

`Adiperukku' could not be observed by the people in tail-end areas of the delta as the water released did not reach the areas beyond Tiruvalangadu near Kuthalam in Nagapattinam district.

Thousands of people were disappointed and observed the event at the drinking water tap points and in some irrigation and temple tanks.

Irrigation officials said the water did not reach the tail-end areas due to evaporation and absorption loss coupled with the construction of several bridges across the rivers.

Karur

On the banks of the Cauvery at Velayuthampalayam on Karur's border with Namakkal district, hundreds of people gathered and celebrated the event. Similar was the case at Thirumukkoodalur, Mayanur and Kulithalai, all along the banks of the Cauvery.

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