Life continues as usual in temple town

Though hundreds of people queued up in front of the Kanchi mutt on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, there was hardly any impact on normal life and people went about their usual business in the temple town.

Shops and establishments in the town were open throughout the day and business hardly suffered. In fact, due to the crowds that thronged the Mutt, small traders did brisk business.

“Many people from different districts came here to see the seer for one last time,” said an employee of a hotel near the mutt.

Explaining the stand taken by the traders, Tameem Basha, who makes golden chariots for temples, said the shopkeepers did not want the public to be put to hardship. “The seer would not have liked that. We all love him and respect him,” he said. Many shopkeepers paid their respects to the pontiff in the morning and opened their businesses later. “Many people from Chennai and Bengaluru landed in the town and took autorickshaws, which plied as usual,” another trader said.

Thousands of people are expected to visit the temple town on Thursday when the final rites for the pontiff will be performed. The public will be allowed darshan of the seer’s body till 7.30 a.m. Between 8 a.m. and 11.30 a.m., pujas and abhishekams will be performed. By noon, the body of Sri Jayendrar will be placed next to the samadhi of Chandrashekara Saraswathi on the mutt premises.

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