Navratri festival: Sword handed over to Padmanabhaswamy temple authorities | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India


MADURAI: The ceremonial journey of the sword from Padmanabhapuram palace in Kanyakumari district to Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram started on Friday morning.
Tamil Nadu Hindu religion & charitable endowment minister P K Sekhar Babu and Kerala Devosom Board minister radhakrishnan, Kerala school education minister Sivankutti and officials from both the governments participated.
The sword of Travancore kings preserved at Padmanabhapuram palace in Kanyakumari district, which was part of erstwhile Travancore Kingdom, is taken to Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram for Navratri festival every year. Along with the sword, deities like Munnuthitha Nangai of Suseendram, Kumaraswamy of Velimalai and the Devarakattu Goddess Saraswathi will travel to Thiruvananthapuram for the festival.
Munnuthitha Nangai and Velimalai Kumaraswamy reached the palace on the previous night and were received ceremoniously. On Wednesday morning, the sword of Marthanda Varma preserved at Upparimaligai of the palace was taken out and was handed over to Kerala Devaswom Board minister who in turn handed over the sword to Tamil Nadu HR & CE minister P K Sekhar Babu. The minister handed over the sword to temple staff to be taken on the procession.
Led by the sword bearer, the procession of the deities Munnuthitha Nangai, Velimalai Kumaraswamy and Devarakattu Saraswathi proceeded to Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
Later, Sekhar Babu inspected Boothalinga Swamy temple in Boothapandi in Kanyakumari district. Work to the tune of Rs 68 lakh is undertaken on the temple premises and he instructed the officials to expedite it.





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