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Trincomalee Kali temple celebrates annual chariot festival

The Trincomalee Pathirakali Ambal Temple chariot festival, held on March 23, 2024, witnessed an overwhelming turnout of devotees, marking yet another successful year for the event.

The highlight of the event unfolded at 8:00 am when Amman graced the ceremonial Chariot, escorted by her sons Pillaiyaar and Murugan.

As the Chariot traversed through the streets, devotees thronged alongside, fulfilling their vows. Musical and dance performances crowned the procession.

The provision of numerous water pandals strategically set up along the route, ensured the safety and comfort of visitors and devotees.

The Pathirakali Amman temple, deeply intertwined with the rich heritage of the ancient Thirukoneswaram temple, holds significant historical and religious importance. Pilgrims have been drawn to its premises since antiquity, with its origins dating back to before the 11th century CE. King Rajendra Chola I's pivotal role in expanding the shrine during his reign is commemorated through an inscription displayed within the temple grounds.

Photographs: Mr Can Can

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