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Elaborate arrangements for `Thai Poosam' fete

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To commence with flag hoisting on Feb. 5 Adequate field staff have been posted at bus stands to guide and assist pilgrims for their comfortable journey. Wireless sets have been installed in all bus stands for quick communication

PALANI: `Thai Poosam' festival will commence on February 5 with flag hoisting at Sri Perianayagi Amman temple here and car procession will take place on February 11 at 4.30 p.m.

Holy marriage of Lord Muruga with goddesses Sri Valli and Deivanai will be celebrated between 6.30 p.m. and 8 30 p.m. at main sannadhi of the temple on February 10.

Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple administration has made elaborate arrangements for the festival. Cultural programmes have been organised at Kudamuzhukku mandapam near Malai Adivaram on all 10 days. The hill temple would be opened at 4 a.m. during festival days.

Prasadam prepared by the temple administration has been made available at the temple sales outlets opened at south and north side of outer prakaram in the hill temple, at winch station, West Giri Street, Mangammal Mandapam and Padha Vinayagar temple near malai adivaram.

A temporary new bus stand would be set up at the Palani Municipal School ground here to eliminate traffic congestion within town limits.

Wayside rest houses had been opened and new temporary shelters created for padayatris to relax at night. Adequate water facilities and basic amenities would be provided in various places.

Special buses

TN State Transport Corporation (Madurai) Limited has made elaborate arrangements to operate special buses to Palani from various places for the festival.

Additional buses would be operated to the temple town from Dindigul, Madurai, Tiruchi, Karaikudi, Natham, Pudukottai, Theni, Karur, Erode, Coimbatore and Tirupur during festival time.

First, 250 buses would be operated between February 5 and 12 and the number of buses would be increased gradually based on demand, officials said.

Adequate field staff have been posted at these bus stands to guide and assist pilgrims for their comfortable journey. Wireless sets were installed in all bus stands for quick communication.

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