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Vinayaka Chathurthi, Tamil Nadu

The birthday of Lord Vinayaka or the elephant-headed god. It really is celebrated in all homes at the same time as in all Saivite temples and temples of Lord Vinayaka. The one celebrated at Pillaiyarpatti shrine of Lord Vinayaka is very renowned. A gigantic ‘Modhaga' or 'Kolukkattai' using about 80 kilos of rice, jiggery, coconut and dhal is prepared. It truly is baked for three days and supplied towards the deity. Lakhs of individuals from all over Tamil Nadu throng there on that day. Pillaivarpatti is near Karaikudi about 500 km. from Chennai.

In all cities and district head¬quarters, giant Vinayaka statues ranging from 10 feet height to 32 feet are erected in public places. On the last day which varies from the 3rd day to the 10th day, big processions are held along with the image is immersed within the sea, lake or nearby rivers. The procession is going to be colorful with various people dances, nadhaswaram etc. carried out enroute. In houses, clay image of Vinayaka is worshipped and immersed into wells, tanks or ponds the next day. The image is invariably adorned with a colorful umbrella called 'pillaiyar Kudai.