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Tamil Nadu: Renovation is at full swing at Samayapuram Temple to perform ‘kumbabhishekam’

The department of Hindu religion and Charitable endowment has hurried up the task of the temple’s renovation

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the samyapuram temple. Source: dvi.co.in
  • Samayapuram temple will witness the Kumbhabhishekam performance, this year in 2016
  • Last observed in 2007, the authorities promise full fledged facilities for the attendees, this year.
  • The department of Hindu religion and Charitable endowment has hurried up the task of the temple’s renovation

The kumbabhishekam performance will be noticed in the Samayapuram Temple (Sri mariamman temple) near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu. The ceremony was last observed in 2007 where a large number of devotees gathered to pay their offerings. The department of Hindu religion and Charitable endowment has hurried up the task of the temple’s renovation. However, the state government’s approval for the same is being awaited making the date as not fixed.

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According to The Hindu report, “The authorities have chalked out a comprehensive plan for renovating the ceiling of the stone structures at the Maavilakku mandapam where paintings of flowers and decorative designs adorn the walls. Work on the construction of the “rajagopuram” had been completed on the western and southern sides of the temple.”

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the renovation work at the temple. source: nyoooz.com

The Gopuram surrounds the temple’s three sides and the authorities say that the eastern side might take a longer time to get furnished. However, they stress that it will be made enough to perform the Kumbabhishekam.

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The officials also discuss how they are focussing on the guest who will witness the program. For the purpose, they are planning to build a restaurant in front of the guesthouses. The guest houses will also be luxurious with “24 suites, including 12 air-conditioned ones” and are ready, said the report by the Hindu.

The temple is a house to millions of devotees who visit it often. The performance as is said to be witnessed by a large number of people, the authorities also focus on the queue complex of the temple. It will also be well built in the master complex of the temple. Thus, the facilities that of toilet, food and water are taken care of. It seems the intensity this time will be much more widened and the programme will be observed at a higher level with a consideration of all the attendees’ needs.

-by Megha, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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Odisha government has ensured non-arrival of devotees to Puri. Wikimedia Commons

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The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees if the Odisha government granted permission for the 9-day sojourn of deities, said the Puri Gajapati after a meeting of Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee during the day.

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The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees. Wikiimedia Commons

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To deal with the attack of locusts in the national capital, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for spraying pesticides, Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

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“Also, the Delhi Government has issued advisory on spraying pesticides and its quantity,” Rai tweeted.

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Current US President once helped ISKCON devotees back in 1976. Pixabay

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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, abbreviated as ISKCON is a Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu religious organisation which was founded 53 years ago, in 1966.

At present, ISKCON consists of 850 temples, ecovillages and centres worldwide, out of which India comprises of over 150 temples.

The motto of ISKCON is ‘Krsnas Tu Bhagavan Svayam‘ which headquarters in Sri Sri Radha Madhav Panchatattva Temple (ISKCON Mayapur), Mayapur, West Bengal, India.

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The devotees received a call three days later from the same secretary. “I don’t know what happened but he read your letter, took a bit of food you left, and immediately said “sure, why not?”, said the secretary, adding “come on down and get his signed letter of permission.”