Around 10.45 a.m. on Monday, the new car built for Koniamman Temple was taken out for a trial run through the streets on which the actual procession would be held on March 1. Special pujas were performed before the start of trial run.
According to the temple executive officer K. Vimala, the new car was made at a cost of Rs. 21.5 lakh. Works started three months ago under the guidance of Government approved stapathi Varadaraj. The 16.5 feet temple car is a replica of the earlier one, which was said to be more than 600 years old. Since the old car was damaged in the interiors, it was decided to make a new one. The entire funding was from three donors, the EO said.
The new car is made out of Iluppai and teak wood and is said to have additional features such as more number of bells. Senior police officials, heads of Perur and Kamatchipuram adheenams and joint commissioner of HR and CE Department A. Illamparithi were present during the trial run.