Inter-district meet held regarding Mangaladevi temple festival
Devotees would have to go up and return back on the same day.
MADURAI: In an inter-district meet which was held to discuss the arrangements of the Mangaladevi temple festival, as the district collectors of Theni and Idukki in Kerala, who participated in the meeting have said that, devotees would have to go up and return back on the same day.
On the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, the temple for Goddess Kannagi is situated, 4,830 feet above sea level. The temple is situated within the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. The temple is visited by the devotees only once a year, on the day of 'Chitra pournami'.
Members belonging to the trustee board of the temple have cited this and sought permission to go up to the temple for at least two days during the Chitra pournami festival, but it was refused. They had been told that they will be allowed to go up between 6 AM to 4 PM after which they should return.
On Saturday, the district collector of Theni, Pallavi M Baldev and Idukki district collector H Dineshan, had attended the meeting along with the managing trustee of the temple, Dr Rajendran, secretary Raja Ganeshan, treasurer PSM Murugan and officials in Cumbum.
Murugan had said that, after obtaining the permission from the Theni collector and district forest officer, if the ministers as per their promise laid a proper road from Puliangudi to the Kannagi temple, they will be allowed to go up throughout the year.