When the SOP restrictions came right in the middle of the Panguni Brahmotsavam putting an end to the street vahana processions, it may have dampened the enthusiasm of the priest and the service personnel.
However, undaunted by the restrictions, the team at the Mari Chetty Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple has put on a grand show in the second half of the utsavam with devotees also coming in good numbers to watch
the alankaram on each day.
On Tamil New Year’s day, the ninth day of the Brahmotsavam, Venkatesa Perumal provided darshan in a beautifully decorated Pushpa Pallakku following a few devotional songs presented by a woman devotee during the oonjal.
Devotional recital of the sacred verses
The Prabhandham group at the temple may not be as large in size as the one in a couple of other Perumal temples in Mylapore but their devotional commitment during the Brahmotsavam has been no less.
Inside the temple, a few of them presented the final couple of hundred of the over 1200 verses of Vaishnavite saint poet Thiru Mangai azhvaar with the Periya Thirumozhi and Thiru Nedunthandagam Satru Murai in front of Sri Venkatesa Perumal in the pushpa pallakku.
Past 8.30pm, the lord was taken went back to the vahana mandapam bringing to end the day’s events.
The 10th and final day’s events will take place on Thursday.
– Report, photos by S. Prabhu