3-day Aadi festival of Nagathamman temple concludes

Anna University VC Surappa at the temple.

Chennai: The 38th year Aadi festival at Putrukoil Arulmigu Om Sakthi Sri Nagathamman temple in Anna University Staff Quarters, Kotturpuram, was celebrated with gusto for three days starting 10 August.

A note from the temple authorities said on the first day, Friday, there was special abhishekam for the Amman at 8 am, followed by alankaram and deeparadanai. Around 12 noon, after thirukappu, the poongkeragam that houses the face of the Amman was taken around the streets.

The procession ritual continued for the second day, Saturday.

On the third and last day, Sunday, there was special abhishekam again for the Amman at 8 am, that was followed by alankaram and aradhanai. Devotees prepared koozh (porridge) around 10 am and offered it to the deity.

In the evening, the devotees prepared and offered pongal to Nagathamman. After deeparadhanai,  the beautifully decorated idol of the deity was taken out in a procession around the streets starting at 8.30 pm.

The procession was accompanied by tharai-thambattai and nadhaswaram artistes playing musical instruments.

This year’s speciality was Anna University Vice-Chancellor M K Surappa visiting the temple before the procession and seeking the blessings of Goddess Nagathamman, says the note.

(Photo: A R Jayakumar)