NAGAPATTINAM: Arrangements are in place for the celebration of Cauvery Maha Pushkaram at Thula Kattam, the mouth of the river, in Mayiladuthurai from September 12 to 24.
Since the particular configuration of stars happens once in 144 years, the organisers have constructed a tank for the devotees to have a holy dip as it is believed that it not only cleanses the inner selves but washes away evil.
All through the grand celebration, there will be Veda Parayanam, Homam, Maha Yengam, cultural activities such as music, traditional dances, spiritual discourses, Cauvery Arthi, Thirumurai (Tamil Vedas) Parayanam, Annadanam, poor feeding, and pithru tharpanam.
A permanent tank with concrete flooring and one feet of sand has been constructed to hold water to a depth of two feet. Water has been filled into the tank from a borewell using a 10 hp motor.
The tank will be maintained permanently to address water scarcity in the area, as per the plan of the district administration.
Nevertheless, the organisers expect the Tamil Nadu Government to release water stored at Kallanai for the convenience of the several thousands of devotees converging in Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru.
There is still time for the government to ensure that the devotees do not go back disappointed, Chairman of Cauvery Pushkaram Festival Commitee Swami Ramananda said.
The organising committee, he said, has been advising devotees anticipating water flow in the river to go to Mayanur in Karur district; Kodumudi and Bhavani Kooduthurai in Erode district; and Mettur in Salem district.
There is enough inflow into Tamil Nadu from Karnataka for release of water from the Mettur dam. Efforts were still on to prevail upon the government to ensure water flow into the river during the festival, Swami Ramananda said.