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Tirupur: Renovation of the historic Konganagiri Arulmigu Kandhaswami Perumal temple, situated on College Road here, has entered an important phase as the ‘Balalayam’ ritual was performed recently.Supervision
It was performed under the direct supervision of senior officials of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department in which the presiding deity, Lord Subramaniyaswamy/Lord Muruga, was shifted to a temporary ‘sannidhi’ placed on a paddy grain base.
“This ceremony is conducted to mark the commencement of renovation works for kumbabhishekam in the about two-century-old temple planned at an estimated outlay of Rs. 3 crore to be raised through public donations,” the Executive Officer of the temple, M. Chandramohan, told The Hindu.Kumbabhishekam
The works were expected to be completed in six months and kumbabhishekam thereafter in January.
The kumbabhishekam was last conducted in the temple in 1990.
The temple is one among the 1,000-odd temples in Tirupur district coming under the control of the HR &CE Department.Modification
As part of the renovation project, according to temple sources, ‘karpagraham’ (sanctum sanctorum), ‘vimanam’ (temple tower above ‘karpagraham’), ‘aradhana mandapam’ and ‘maha mandapam’ will be modified.
The HR&CE Joint and Assistant Commissioners, P.R. Ashok and A. Muthupalaniappan, Executive Officer of Thirumurganpoondi Thirumuganatha Swamy Temple C. Balamurugan and chairman of the temple trust S. Siva, among others, were present.
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