Lakhs of devotees thronged the temples of Lord Murugan, especially the “Aarupadai Veedu” (six holy abodes dedicated to the lord) across Tamil Nadu on the auspicious occasion of “Thai Poosam” on Saturday.
Many devotees, including women and children bearing “Kavadis” on their shoulders, carrying milk pots and bodies pierced with spears came on procession to the Lord Murugan temples to fulfill their vows.
Several devotees pierced their tongue and cheek, while some of them pulled small chariots with hooks pierced to their bodies. Thousands of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad congregated at the holy town of Palani to witness the annual temple car festival.
Thai Poosam is celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai every year. The festival symbolizes victory of good over evil. According to believers, on this auspicious day, the holy lance was given to Lord Murugan by his mother Goddess Parvathi to annihilate demons Tharakasuran and his three brothers.