Villagers of Chinnakosanam, in Erode district conducted a special festival at Poothanachi Amman and Petrayaswamy temple. During the festival, which takes place once in two years, special puja was performed and 50,000 people were served in a grand fest.
"We usually perform this special puja to call on god during troubled times. We are totally depending on rain in order to irrigate our lands," S Kaliannan, one of the devotees said, as reported in TOI. He further said in the last four years there was no heavy downpour.
"Though we had the puja in mind for a long time, we waited until now to perform it, as this (Aadi) month is appropriate for the puja," he explained. According to him, distressed farmers, decided to perform this special puja in a grand manner.
"We have decided to placate the rain god by performing this puja, offering bucks and goats along with other food items to Poothanachi Amman and Petrayaswamy," M Mariappan, a localite said.
Since Thursday late night, people from various villages including Kunnathur, Sengapalli, Perundurai, Arachalur, Vettaiyampalayam, Gobichettipalayam, Modachur villages started coming to the temple.
The entire place was decked up with festoon and buntings. They also formed a few makeshift shops as part of festival. Meanwhile, on Friday morning, more than 1,000 men and women from the crowd came forward to cook sumptuous food for more than 50,000 devotees.
Later in the afternoon, people started performing the puja. Several hundred devotees chanted mantras along with the temple priest. Subsequently, the villagers offered bucks and 3,000 goats to the god. After which, lunch was served to all devotees.