The annual feat will conclude with ‘Thirukalyanam’ on Nov. 14
Kanda Sashti festival began at Subramania Swamy Temple in Tiruchendur with ‘yagasala puja’, which was witnessed by thousands of devotees, on Thursday.
The temple, considered the second abode of Lord Murugan, who vanquished demon Soorapadman, witnesses an inflow of devotees from various parts of India and also other countries such as Sri Lanka and Malaysia during the festival.
After the temple was opened at 1 a.m., ‘Vishwaroopa deeparadhanai’ was performed at 1.30 a.m., followed by ‘Udhaya Marthanda abhishekam’ at 2 a.m.
After Lord Jayanthinathar (Lord Murugan) arrived at the ‘yagasalai’ around 6 a.m., along with Goddesses Valli and Deivanai, the yagasalai puja was performed to mark the commencement of the festival. ‘Mahadeeparathanai’ was offered at the yagasalai at 12 noon.
After taking a holy dip in the sea, thousands of devotees began their ‘Sashti fasting’.
The highlight of the annual feat, ‘Soorasamharam,’ would be enacted on the beach at 4.30 p.m. on November 13. The sanctum sanctorum would be opened at 3 a.m. until November 12. On the night of November 14, ‘Thirukalyanam’ would take place.
A 12-pillar mandapam, located behind Thoondugai Vinayagar Temple, in Sannathi Street collapsed early in the morning on Thursday. However, no casualties were reported.
The structure, which had developed cracks, is said to have collapsed due to the intermittent rain over the last few days. Devotees demanded the structure be pulled down completely.