Chennai, Jan 1 (UNI) The people of this teeming megapolis ushered in the New year with spiritual fervour and traditional gaiety.
As the clock struck 12, shouts of ‘Happy New Year’ rent the air, as thousands of people, who had congregated at the Marina beach ushered in the 2019 in high ‘spirits’. It was a sea of humanity at the Marina beach front as the milling crowd celebrated the occasion with fervour.
The new year was also celebrated by various residential associations.
Police have made elaborate security arrangements and more than 15,000 police personnel were deployed on security duty in the city, including at the ECR stretch. Milling crowds were seen in several hotels and shopping malls and at theme parks to celebrate the new year.
Police had imposed stringent regulations on hotels to ensure that no untoward incident took place. People ushered in the new year by drawing colourful rangolis in front of their houses.
Special midnight masses were held in various churches across the state and the churches were tastefully decorated and illuminated to mark the occasion. Thousands of faithfuls thronged the Santhome Basilica in the city and at Velankanni church in Besant Nagar.
Special poojas and abhishekams were also held at various temples across the State. People attired in new clothes thronged temples early in the morning to offer worship.
Large crowds were seen in temples, including at the famous Sri Parthasarathy temple, Lord Kapaleeswarar temple and at Lord Muruga temple at Vadapalani in the city.
Elsewhere in the state, a large number of people offered prayers at the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam, Lord Varadharajaswamy temple at Kancheepuram, Goddess Meenakshi Amman temple at Madurai, Goddess Kamatchi Amman temple in Kancheepuram and at Sri Ramanathaswamy temple at Rameswaram.
Huge crowds were also seen in all the six abodes of Lord Muruga as devotees thronged in large numbers to offer prayers.