Wedding rituals blessed in front of closed TN temple on lockdown day

Cuddalore: Weekly (Sunday's) Covid-induced lockdown in Tamil Nadu did not daunt over 90 couples from marrying on January 23 at a revered Vaishnavite shrine near here, with the roads outside the Tiruvanthipuram Sri Devanathaswamy Temple hosting the couples during the ongoing auspicious Tamil month 'Thai'.

Priests officiated 91 weddings on Sunday near the popular temple in this northern coastal district, temple Executive Officer A Veerabathiran and priests' association secretary Rathina Sabapathy said. Sunday, as part of the lockdown restrictions, the shrine was closed.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are closed in the state due to COVID-related restrictions, and a shutdown was also observed on January 23 to combat virus spread.

On Sunday, as it was an auspicious 'Muhurtha naal,' a total of 91 marriages were solemnised on roads adjacent to the temple. There were 110 registrations for weddings at the temple in this small town about 12 kilometres from the district headquarters. It is a highly sought-after temple for marriages, primarily from residents of Cuddalore and other parts of the state.

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