The Department of Tourism in association with the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) has introduced a special pilgrimage tour to cover five Vaishnava temples in a day in the Tamil month of Purattasi.
A total of 16 pilgrims travelled in the maiden trip that covered five temples in Tiruchi and Karur districts. Most of them were above 60 years of age. The pilgrims, who booked tickets in advance with the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, came to the Tamil Nadu Hotel on Saturday morning.
The special bus carrying the pilgrims began its journey around 8.30 am. They first visited Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple in Woraiyur. They then visited Sri Rangathaswamy Temple in Srirangam. The HR&CE officials received them.
The pilgrims then travelled to Uthamarkoil, Gunaseelam and Thanthonrimalai in Karur and offered prayers at the Vaishnava temples. The tour culminated at the Tamil Nadu Hotel in Tiruchi around 6 pm. They paid ₹ 1,000 per person.
T. Jagadheeswari, District Tourism Officer, told The Hindu that the special pilgrimage had been framed only in the month of ‘Puratasi.’ It would be organised on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The pilgrims would not need to get tickets for darshan as the charge was included in the tour package. As per the arrangements, the pilgrims had quick dharshans in all temples.