The Mahesh family of Alamelumangapuram celebrated Vishu the traditional way, packing the large heirloom uruli was with fruits, cucumber and gold jewellery and coins, silverware and currency notes and placing it before a mirror – all done previous night and sighted as soon as they woke up on Sunday morning as part of the vishukkani ritual seeking the grace of prosperity.
Shoba and Ravishankar of 6th Cross Street, CIT Colony had their vishu punyakala celebrations following the vishuk kani tradition. “ We make it a point to keep to tradition, “ said Shoba.( seen in photo far below)
The vishu sadya meal here included mango and veppampoo pachadi, keerai vadai, sambar, papadom, wheat and milk pradhamam, sambar and more.
Another family that followed the Vishu fest was of the C P House – P Prajeesh, his mother Chandrika Padmanabhan, his wife Sheena and son Abhinav.
Elsewhere at the Sri Ayyappa Temple in MRC Nagar, the temple was fully decorated with fruits and vegetables and thoranams. ( first photo)
Also hung all over were packets of pulses and rice to symbolize prayers for prosperity.
Abishekams went on through the mornings and the prasadam served was sakkarai pongal.
The Srirams of Mandaveli ( seen in the photo on left) kept to tradition for Vishu, with Lakshmi using all the flowers in her garden to decorate the puja space and hall.
In contrast, few families celebrated Tamil New Year in the traditional manner. Most visited temples and made an extra sweet for lunch.
But some made the day special.
This is a family of five with Suresh’s dad Krishnamurthy, wife Sowmya and their 2 daughters.
The Girris have been residents of Mylapore for 40 years.
The Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple in East Abiramapuram Street was quite a sight – it was decorated by gurukkul Gopalakrishnan with the fruits and vegetables donated by local residents.
– Report and pictures by R Saravanan
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