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Submitted by Team TOI on 22 February 2017
Thousands of devotees witnessed the ‘mahakumbabhishekam’ at Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram near here on Thursday. Special pujas were performed at the ‘yaga salai’ by priests. 2.02.2017 At about 8.30 a.m., the priests took the ‘gadam’ containing the holy water of the Ganges to the shrines and vimanams of Brahadeeswarar, Brahanayaki, Durga, and Ganapathy. Exactly at 9.30 a.m., the holy waters were sprinkled on the ‘kalasams’ of the vimanams, marking the completion of the ‘maha kumbabhishekam.’ The idols of Lord Siva and Brahayanaki were taken in a procession later in the evening. Elaborate arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of the ‘maha kumbabhishekam.’ The last ‘maha kumbabhishekam’ was performed in 1932. The temple, built by Rajendra Chola, is an architectural marvel in stone.

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