Over one lakh devotees took part in the ‘fire walk’ ritual during the annual kundam festival at Bannari Amman Temple, near Sathyamangalam, here on Tuesday.

The ritual was initiated by chief priest Rajendran at 3.55 a.m. Thereafter, devotees from various places in the State and from Karnataka walked on the kundam till afternoon and completed their vows.

Temple authorities said that pushparatham, manjal neerattu vizha, thiruvilakku puja and thangather will be organised in the next two days.

The festival will culminate on April 9.

Over 1,000 police personnel were posted in and around the temple premises to regulate the crowd.

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited (TNSTC) operated special buses from various places to the temple.

District Collector S. Prabhakar, senior government officials and others were also present during the kundam festival.

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