Coimbatore: The Kumbabhishekam of the Virundheeswarar Temple which dates back to the 13th century AD, located at Vadamadurai, near Thudiyalur was celebrated amidst great fanfare.
Virundeeswarar Temple on Mettupalayam road is one of the ancient temples in the city which is over 1300 years old and is one among most important Siva Temples in Coimbatore. The Kumbabishekam of this temple was held in a grand manner after many years wherein over 50,000 devotees gathered for darshan. As per the Sthala Puranam, when Sundaramurthy Nayanar reached this temple, he was ravenous. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi blessed him and fed him sumptuous food, mainly made with drumstick leaves and fruits.
The renovation and painting work of Sri Kannimoola Ganapathi, Sri Virundeeswarar, Sri Viswanayaki Ammal, Sri Subramanian, Sri Lakshminarayana Perumal, Sri Chandikeshwarar, Sri Suryan, Sri Chandran, Sri Narayankara, Sri Saneeshwaran, Sri Anjeneyar, Sri Adhikara Nandhi, Sri Uthcava Moorthigal, Sri Kala Bairavar and other idols present inside the temple also took place. Regal decorations were done on the homakundams, tents were set up for anadhanam and ample parking space was arranged across the 10 acres of the temple site. Gold-plated plates were placed inside the temple treasury and in the Natarajar Hall.
Meanwhile, the Kumbabhishekam ceremony began with Ganapathy Homam on July 7 at 9 am, followed by the first Kala Yaga Puja on July 8, the second and the third Kala Puja on July 9, the 4th and 5th Kala Puja on July 10 and the 6th Kala Puja, this morning. Thereafter, at 9 am, in the presence of Koonapatti Kalyanapuri Adheenam Sivagnanaguru 57th Gurmagaasanidhanam Jagadguru Sri Sri Raja Saravana Manikkavasaga Guruswamigal, Peruradheenam Santhalinga Marudhachala Adigalar, Siravai Adheenam Kumaraguruparasu Swamigal and Pillaiyar Peedam Pon. Manikkavasaga Swamigal, sacred water from the 'Yagam' was brought as a procession and poured on the pillars and towers of the deities Sri Kannimoola Ganapathy, Sri Virundeeswarar, Sri Viswanayaki Ammal, Sri Subramaniar, Sri Lakshminarayana Perumal.
Subsequently, rituals were held for 'alangara puja and abhisheka puja.' The Thirukalyana Urchavam and Thiruveedhi Ula were also held. Karamadai Gnanaswaminadha Sivacharyar headed the Yaga Pujas and Kumbabhishekha and Vadamadurai's sthala archagar Dayanidhi Shivarayar and over 100 other Sivacharyars performed the pujas. The Palani Sri Dhandayuthapani Devasthanam Venkatesan team recited the 'Tirumurai.'
Nearly 50,000 devotees from Thudiyalur, Vadamadurai, Urumandampalayam, Vellakinar, Pannimadai, Idigarai, Periyanaickenpalayam, Kavundampalayam, Chinna Thadagam, Kanuvai and Anaikatti waited in long queues to offer their worship to the deities. There were performances throughout the day including songs from the Bhajan group, the Jamab show of the Kalapatti Paiya Gounder group as well as the Mangayarkarasi speech. All devotees who attended the Kumbabishekam festival were provided with Anadhanam. The Government of Tamil Nadu provided special bus services for the devotees visiting the temple. Security was beefed up with the help of the police, the Forest Department officials and firefighters.