//Reception planned for elephant

Reception planned for elephant

Thiruvananthapram: Arrangements have been made for according a civic reception in the capital to Guruvayur Padmanabhan, the elephant which has been taking out the golden idol in the Guruvayur temple in procession during festivals for the past 51 years.

The representatives of the reception committee said at a press conference here on Friday that the procession to welcome Guruvayur Padmanabhan will begin at Karamana on January 16 at 3.30 p.m. It will pass via Chala market and end in front of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple at 5 p.m. `Aanayoottu’, or ceremonial feeding of the elephant, will be held. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy; Tourism Minister K.C. Venugopal; Labour Minister Babu Divakaran will take part in the reception meeting.

The 64-year-old elephant has been brought to the city to take part in the "Gaja puja" at Parassala Mahadevar temple and the programmes that kick off the pooram festivities at Perumbazhuthoor Vishnupuram Mahavishnu temple.  The procession will be accompanied by other elephants carrying `muthukkuda’ mounted police, police band, panchavadyam and nadaswaram. Neurologist Sambasivan will offer “samooha sahasranama archana.” Vocalists K. Omanakutty, R. Subbalakshmi, Arundhati and Bhavana Radhakrishnan will lead a devotional concert. `Aanayoottu’ will be held under the supervision of Ananthancadu Temple Trust head Srinivasan Embrathiri.

Hindu, Jan 14, 2006