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Thai Amavasai Ritual at Vedaranyam Temple in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu

Thai Amavasai is the no moon day in the Thai month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The day is of great significance at the famous Vedaranyeshwarar Temple in Vedaranyam. Thousands of devotees take holy dip in the Bay of Bengal Sea at Kodiakarai, Vedaranyam and Poompuhar in Nagapattinam District.

Legend has it that Saint Agasthiyar got a darshan of Shiva at Vedaranyeshwarar Temple in Vedaranyam on Thai Amavasai day after he took a holy dip in the Bay of Bengal.

In commemoration of this holy event thousands of devotees throng this temple for taking a dip in the "Siddhar Ghat" area. Inside the temple, the devotees took another dip in the 'Manikarnika Ghat'.

On the day, devotees also perform rituals in memory of dead family members at Kaveripoompattinam near Poompuhar at the confluence of Cauvery and Bay of Bengal

At Ananthamangalam near Porayar, devotees visit Sri Hanuman temple in connection with Thai Amavasai.