Good crowd in temples

Temples in the city opened the doors for devotees on Vijayadasami, on Friday, following the State government’s decision to allow all places of worship to be opened on all days. The earlier order on closure of the places of worship on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays was lifted.

A large number of devotees visited temples across the city. There was not much of a crowd in the morning. But, as the day progressed, it swelled, said Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple sources.

S. Ramachandran, president of a flower merchants association, said that flower vendors were happy about the decision to open the temples on all days. Usually people visit temples on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The trade was already affected due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. The closure of temples on busy days added to the woes. With the decision to open temples on all days, there is a hope of revival in their trade, he said.

Vijayadasami celebrations were held on Friday. Children took part in the Vidyarambham ceremony as they were initiated into the world of letters. Admissions to Pre-Kindergarten and Lower Kindergarten also took place in city schools. As part of the admission process, the children were asked to identify colours and objects. The COVID-19 protocol was followed in the schools. The parents were allowed to enter after it was ensured that they were vaccinated, said P. Kanchana, a school teacher.

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