Athi Varadar out for darshan in Kanchi

Thist morning, the majestic 10 feet long idol of Lord Athi Varadar was kept at Vasantha Mandapam for next 48 days for darshan. Lakhs of devotees from across the globe are expected to throng the shrine to offer their prayers. The divine work to retrieve the Lord's idol, which has close semblances to the presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum, was completed Thursday night. Vedic scholars brought out the idol and carried it on a procession to the Vasantha Mandapam.

Thirumanjanam was performed. Devotees will be allowed for darshan for the next 48 days daily from 6 am to 8 pm on all days. Free entry apart, arrangement has been made for devotees to purchase Rs 50 entry ticket. All have been requested to carry Aadhar cards with them. Special darshan of Rs 500 could be made online through the website: Governor Banwarilal Purohit offered prayers to Athi Varadar today.

The Tamilnadu government has made elaborate arrangements to the tune of Rs 29 crore for devotees to have hassle free darshan of Athi Varadar. Roads have been relaid and few stretches have been widened. Temporary bus stands have been erected at Orikkai, Oli Muhammadpet and areas adjoining Kanchipuram. Parking facilities have been provided in large open spaces few kilometers away from the temple. Transport facilities to temple from these places have been provided. Bio toilets have been erected and 24X7 drinking water facilities have been provided.