On Aug 31, a Jyeshtabhishekam was held for the deity at Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, Mylapore.
The chairman of the temple trust, N. C. Sridhar, says, “On that day, we performed a special thirumanjanam for all the idols (both moolavar and utsavar) at the temple. The next day, on Sep 1 a thiruppavadai sevai was held. Different kinds of rice were offered as naivedyam to the deity”.
Sridhar says that both these events are usually conducted on a grand scale but this year since prasadam cannot be distributed to the devotees, a limited quantity of rice was prepared and offered to the deity.
As processions outside the temple are not allowed, to mark Peyazhwar’s thirunakshatram yesterday (Sept. 2), an ul purappadu was held in the evening before the devotees were allowed inside the temple.
The temple will be open from 8 to 10.30 a.m. and from 5 to 7.30 p.m. everyday. All those who enter the temple have to get their temperature checked and have to sanitize their hands and wash their legs. Devotees will not be allowed to sit anywhere. They have to keep moving from one sannidhi to another in a queue and then exit the temple.