CHENNAI: The Jnanaasramam Trust in Chennai will conduct kumbabhishegam (consecration) celebrations at the Gnanamalai Temple at Govindacheri in Sholingur Block on Sunday from 7 am to 8:30 am.
The event is open to the public. Approximately 2,000 locals from the surrounding villages are expected to attend the event. The Trust will serve annadanam as part of the ceremony. The puja will be held in the presence of pujari Ehambara Shivacharya from the Kancheepuram Ehagmbara Swami Temple.
The Gnanamalai Temple is a 1,400-year-old temple built during the Pallava period. The 15th century Tamil poet, Arunagiri Nathar, is said to have written two Thiruppugazh at this temple. The Jnanaasramam Trust renovated the temple for the ceremonies.
“We decided to renovate the temple due to wear and tear from natural calamities as well as damage from rain,” explained R Krishnan, a trustee.
“According to our tradition, kumbabhishegam is held once in 12 years and we have made all the necessary arrangements for food and water, and police protection for people who will attend.”