Chidambaram Natarajar Koil uzhavaarapani was carried out on 16.12.2012.
About 180 volunteers including 20 from Sri Malolan Arts & Science College, Madurantakam and 11 from Vivekananda College, Chennai took part in this activity.
Nearly 150 volunteers came the previous night (15.12.12) and stayed in Virudhunagar Hindu Naadar Thirumana Mandapam adjacent to South Gopuram and in Arupathumoovar Madam in South Street, Rest of the volunteers reached early in the morning on 16th.
We commenced the work by 6 am cleaning the praharam walls , Nayanmaar sannadhi and Pillaiyar & Dhakshinamurthy sannadhi situated near the south Gopuram. We colour washed the areas which were already colour washed.
In addition, women volunteers cleaned “Kavachams” . 3 Water Jets were used to clean the Oorthuva Thandavar Sannadhi near Dwajasthambam. In the afternoon, after the “Nadai” was closed, Kanaga Sabai(Thiruchitrambala Medai ) was cleaned with water jets.
In the mean time some of the volunteers went to Govindaraja Perumal Sannadhi and did some cleaning – clearing the cobwebs, clearing the water flow ways etc. We had limited time available for cleaning the Perumal Sannadhi on account of Recital of Paasurams , that day being Margazhi 1st.
We started returning home in batches from 4.30pm onwards.
Sri Srinivasan, Security Officer of Annamalai University arranged food on 15th night and 16th morning. Sri Natarajar and Sri Govindaraja Perumal’s prasaadhams were our lunch. Sri.Elangovan Senior Manager, Canara Bank arranged water cans, helped in purchasing of materials for colour washing etc. He also arranged for food packets to all to have their food en route to their homes. The authorities of Sri Malolan College of Arts & Science, Madurantakam heped us to overcome our transportation problems.
Sri Natarajan Dhikshidar and Sri Rathna Bushana Dhikshidar were with us through out guiding us in our work and extending all possible assistance from the Temple.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us financially, physically and morally in our miniscule service to Lord Natarajar.
The popular Tamil Daily Dinamalar came out with a report of our activities and the same can be seen here @ Dinamalar Report. We gather from local sources that Dinamani also covered this, but we are unable to trace the link.
A few of the snaps during our Chidambaram Temple work can be seen here @ Chidambaram Uzhavarappani.