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Kannagi temple festival arrangements discussed

Staff Reporter

To be celebrated on April 18 on Western Ghats


A meeting of officials of Kerala and Tamil Nadu took place in Thekkadi

Kerala police would take care of security arrangements


THENI: Elaborate arrangements will be made for the convenience of pilgrims by the administration in Idukki and Theni districts for Chitra Pournami festival scheduled to be celebrated on April 18 at Sri Mangaladevi Kannagi Temple on Western Ghats, according to Collector A. Karthik.

He was presiding over a special meeting of officials of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Thekkadi on Wednesday evening, in connection with the festival.

While Kerala police would take care of security arrangements, Tamil Nadu Police would assist them in providing adequate protection to pilgrims from both the states.

The forest road would be opened at 5 a.m. in Thekkadi and closed at 3 p.m.

Devotees on the temple campus in the Western Ghats must depart before 5 p.m., the Collector added.

As usual, two priests, each representing Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be deputed for conducting ‘pujas.'

Five tractors will be permitted to transport the ‘puja' and the ‘annadhana' items to the temples from Tamil Nadu.

Adequate water supply would be made available on the forest way and on the temple premises.

No one would be permitted to wear footwear inside temple campus, the Collector cautioned.

Pilgrims should not take banned polythene bags, plastic bottles and aluminium foil papers into the forest area. At the same time, they would be allowed to carry water in five litre cans.

Loud speakers and bursting of crackers were also strictly prohibited.

No two-wheelers

Pilgrims should not use two wheelers to reach the hill temple, Mr. Karthik said.

Sufficient medicines would be kept stocked at special medical camps to be organised by health officials in both states.

Officials from both the states took part in the meeting.

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