Amid the chanting of both the Tamizh and Sanskrit Vedas, the
vimanam of the Thanjavur Peruvudaiyar Temple was consecrated with sacred
water after 23 years.
The 216 feet vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Siva), was poured with 110 pots of sacred water collected from India’s holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, etc. The pots containing holy water were kept in the yagasalai where special poojas were performed for the past 5 days. They were taken atop the Perianayaki vimana, Peruvudaiyar vimana and the Raja Raja Vayil Gopuram by Sivachariyars who performed the abishegam to the kalasams. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple town to witness the historic event. The atmosphere was marked by euphoria with the devotees chanting ‘Om Nama Sivaya!’
The event is also historic because, for the first time in
recent history, an Odhuvar who sings Tamil hymns was also up the vimana chanting
Tevaram, Tiruvasagam and other Thirumurais.
After the consecration, the Maha Deeparadhanai was offered to the 13 feet high Siva Lingam and devotees were permitted to have a darshan of the lord. Preparations for the ceremony have been going on for the past few weeks with the coordinated efforts of HR&CE, health, police and tourism departments. Security arrangements were made with the deployment of over 5,500 police personnel along with drone surveillance. No untoward events were reported.