Case in Madras HC seeking to extend Athi Varadar darshan by 48 days

Madras High Court

With the rush to have darshan increasing by the day, Kanchipuram, where the idol of Lord Athi Varadar is placed in the Vasantha Mandapam of the Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple, is flooded with devotees.

According to reports, so far, about 90 lakh devotees and pilgrims have worshipped Him in the 43 days that the darshan has been arranged.

Since the rush continues and it would peak on the last day of darshan – 16 August – the case has been filed in the court seeking an extension in the darshan days.

The court said it would certainly hear the case if it was filed as a petition.

Lord Athi Varadar has been giving darshan in sayana thirukolam (reclining posture) from 1 July till 31 July and from then on in ninra thirukolam (standing pose). The 48-day vaibhavam would conclude 17 August with the idol being returned to the temple tank to be taken out only after 40 years.

NT Bureau