Gunaseelam Temple Chariot Festival (Rathotsavam at Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Temple)

A large number of devotees offered worship at Sri Prasanna Venkatachalapathy temple at Gunaseelam on the occasion of the annual car festival on Saturday (4 October 2014).

The processional idols of Sri Perumal and Sri Ubaya Nachiar were brought to the temple car at about 5.30 a.m. where religious rituals were performed for about three hours.

Devotees pulled the car amidst religious fervour at about 8.30 a.m. The car was brought to rest at about 9 a.m. The ‘theertavari’ rituals were held in the evening.

K.R. Pichumany Iyengar, hereditary trustee of the temple, had made arrangements for the ‘brahmotsavam’ currently on at the temple.

The car festival marks the ninth day celebrations of the ‘brahmotsavam’ which commenced on September 25. The presiding deity was adorned with ‘muthangi’ (coat of pearls) for three days from September 28.

The festival concludes with ‘adum pallakku’ rituals on 6 October 2014.

Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple (Abhimana Sthalam) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located 20 km (12 mi) from Trichy, Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of river Kollidam.

The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar. The annual Brahmotsavam (prime festival) is an eleven day festival attended by thousands of devotees from far and near. The temple is maintained by a hereditary executive trustee.

Apart from the ongoing Brahmotsavam in Purattasi Masam (September – October), The Chitrai Theppotsavam festival (the float festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai), Pavitrotsavam (a three day festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Aavani) are the important festivals celebrated at this temple. Unlike other Vishnu temples where thirumanjanam (ablution) is performed once in a week, the temple has thrumajanam performed daily to the central deity.

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