COVID-19: Madurai Thiruparankundram Subramanya Swamy temple cancels Panguni festival

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MADURAI: The famed Panguni festival of Madurai Thiruparankundram Subramanya Swamy temple situated here has been cancelled this year in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

 

The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Muruga. 

Devotees make offerings to Lord Muruga with sacrificial feats they believe will keep them away from evil spirits. 

Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. 

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

 

With inputs from ANI

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