Sri Andal Jayanthi, Srivilliputhur,TN - temple car festival was a simple event due to COVId-19!!

Sri Andal temple, Srivilliputhur,

Above image: Main Gopuram/tower, SriVilliputhur Andal temple, Tamil Nadu.: This is the only temple where flowers are worn by goddess before taken to perumal  sanadhi..................... 

Lord Vishnu (Rangamannar) and consort Andal.

Sri Andal temple at Srivilliputhur, TN is a popular one dedicated to Sri Andal Nachiyar, daughter of Azhwar saint Priazhwar and  consort of lord Vishnu;  here Vishnu is known as  Rangamanner  or Vadapathrasayi. One among the important   Divya Desam shrines glorified  by the Azhwar saints of 6th to 9th centuries, Sri Andal wrote Thirupavai - devotional hymns which are recited in all Vaishnavite temple across Tamil Nadu during the month of Margazhi (December - January). Equally famous are the hymns Thirupallandu composed by saint Periyazhwar. The temple's  main tower is one of the tallest in  Tamil Nadu and is the emblem of  Tamil Nadu government. 

Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India.

Aadi Pooram festival - a 12 day event is  celebrated  on a grand scale every year and it falls in the Tamil month of Aadi (July - August) in Tamil Nadu and also in other southern states. Celebrations start on the day of Poorum Nakshatram (Poorum star). It is also known as Sri  Andal Jayanthi - the birthday of Sri Andal who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and also of  Sakthi Devi.

Every year  Aadi Pooram car festival, highlight of the  festival season, is  celebrated with pomp, but this year though   thousands of devotees from across the State  turned up, it was held on Wednesday as a simple function with the presiding deities - processional idols of Lord Rengamannar and Goddess Andal  mounted on the  golden chariot after  special pujas and abishekam. The chariot was pulled on the temple premises  followed by a limited  gathering.  People maintained social distancing  as required by the temple authorities. Tradition has it  the huge car with the deities  mounted on it will be pulled along the four  Car streets abound the temple. This year it was cancelled and instead it was held within the temple as mentioned before.  Poorum is the birth star of Sri Andal  hence the celebrations gain importance. . 

Since the COVID -19 second wave threat has been there though it is gradually decaling, the state government has called off  for the consecutive second year the  car festival event on the four streets. This event would normally attract more than 50000 to 70000 devotes from the neighboring places. 

This year the car  festival event took place in the presence of senior govt. officials including Virudunagar Collector.