Thanjavur: The annual Chithirai festival at Thanjavur Big temple commenced with flag hoisting here on Tuesday. The main event of car procession will be held on April 16.
The festival flag was taken out in a procession through the main streets and hoisted in the presence of Sivachariyars amidst chanting of hymns between 7 and 8 am. Deepa worship was also performed to the flag mast. Earlier, a special puja and abishekam were performed to Peruvudaiyar at the sanctum sanctorum.
In the evening, Panja Murthis, idols of Vinayagar and Chandrasekar were taken out in procession. This would take place in the evenings on the premise of the temple till April 14 on festival days.