RAMANATHAPURAM/MADURAI: Four days ahead of the jayanthi celebrations, the 13-kg gold armour donated by AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa was fixed to the statue of Muthuramalinga Thevar at the memorial in Pasumpon on Saturday after special poojas giving it a grand look.
The armour donated by Jayalalithaa that was kept in the safety locker of Bank of India’s, Madurai branch, was handed over to Gandhi Meenal, administrator of the memorial by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday as the three-day Thevar Jayanthi celebrations is set to begin from October 28.
Meanwhile, Sports minister Sundararaj visited the memorial along with MLA Murugan and other functionaries of the AIADMK.
In a simultaneous development, the Madurai district administration and police have made elaborate security arrangements for Marudu Pandiyars’ Guru Pooja on Monday and the upcoming Thevar Jayanthi on Thursday.
Superintendent of Police Vijayendra Bidari said that around 2,500 personnel would be deployed for the jayanthi celebrations in the district for Marudu Pandiyar Guru Pooja. The number of cops will be increased for Thevar Jayanthi on October 30.
Conveying that around 85 special mobile units would be on patrol duty during the Guru Pooja, the SP said that Madurai being the centrally located district, all vehicles to Sivaganga on Guru Pooja day would be regulated through 15 check posts, the primary one being the Odaipatti check post through which 90 per cent of the vehicles would pass through.
Police said that 75 vehicles from the district had been given permission to go to Kalaiyarkovil in Sivaganga to attend the Marudu Pandiyar Guru Pooja. However, police said that over 500 vehicles from neighbouring districts would also pass through the district en route to Sivaganga.