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Veerapandi temple festival from May 10

Staff Reporter

— PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN.

STAGE SET:A view of Sri Gowmari Amman Temple at Veerapandi near Theni.

THENI: Chithirai festival will commence at Sri Gowmari Amman Temple at Veerapandi, six km away from Theni, on May 10 and conclude on May 17.

The district administration along with Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments has made elaborate arrangements for the week-long festival. The temple administration and Veerapandi town panhayats have agreed to take all measures for the convenience of devotees.

These decisions were taken at a special meeting on arrangements presided over by the District Revenue Officer R. Brinda Devi here on Tuesday evening.

Pilgrims from Theni, Virudhunagar, Madurai and Dindigul districts are expected to congregate the temple during these days.

While providing basic amenities and facilities to pilgrims, officials should also give an equal importance to the safety of pilgrims. All shelters around the temple, rest halls and cooking places should be covered with fireproof materials like zinc sheets only. Thatched sheds should not be set up near the temple.

Private people should not use loud speakers around the temple area. A total ban was imposed on use of gas, kerosene and pump stoves within and near the temple campus.

Separate barricade will be erected around the temple and inside main praharam for women to have darshan. An open space will be provided for pilgrims to dump the fire pots, as part of their offering, safely.

The fire pot dumping area will be manned by fire service personnel. A fire-fighting vehicle will be parked near the temple for an emergency purpose. Easily combustible materials should not be stored unsafely at hotels and eateries to be set up near the temple. Owners of entertainment equipment should obtain a no objection certificate from Public Works Department Officials. If they failed to obtain the NOC, action would be initiated against them and equipment seized immediately. Moreover, animals should not be used to entertain people.

Veerapandi town panchayat has assured to maintain water supply round-the-clock. Similarly, garbage will also be removed at regular intervals to keep the atmosphere clean and tidy. Basic amenities like temporary toilets will also be created.

Special buses

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Division-IV) Limited will operate special buses to the temple from Chinnamanur, Theni, Bodi, and Thevaram. Adequate police force will be deployed to protect pilgrims and their properties.

Traffic will be closed on Veerpandi-Theni Highway at Veerapandi. All buses will be diverted through alternative roads to go to Cumbum, Goodalur and Kumuli. Revenue, police and HR&CE officials participated in the meeting.

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