The temple bells rang at 2.43 PM amid Maha Deeparadhanai'. Special prayers marked the transit of Lord Saturn from the zodiac sign 'Thulam' (Libra) rasi to 'Viruchikam' (Scorpio).

Prior to offering worship, devotees took a holy dip in 'Nala theertham' and lit sesame lamps in fulfillment of vows and stood in long queues to have a glimpse of Lord Saturn.

An idol of Lord Saturn was placed in the 'Golden Crow' mount and special abishekam and poojas were performed from early this morning.

Legend has it that persons who are under the malefic influence of Saturn would be relieved of it if they take an oil bath at the 'Nala theertham' and worship Him at the shrine especially on Sanipeyarchi day.

Tight security was in place in and around the area.

Devotees entering the temple were screened with metal detectors. Surveillance cameras had also been installed at 93 points

The transit of Saturn from one Zodiac sign to another is celebrated as 'Sanipeyarchi' festival and it is held once in two-and-half years. The previous Sanipeyarchi was held  in 2011.

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