To seek the blessings of the deities for the quick recovery of patients at the emergency wards of the Government hospital, Madurai joint prayers are conducted at 5.30 p.m. on every Fridays. This unique prayers were inaugurated on 8.11.2001 under the chairmanship of Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Hon. P.C. Ramasamy in the presence of the HR and CE Secretary Mr. P.A. Ramiah IAS and other officials.
On every Friday morning, representatives from the temple would proceed to the government hospital and get a list of patients under emergency care, their names, lagna, star and in the evenings in the presence of City’s dignitaries and doctors from the hospital, stanzas for cure of illnesses by Oduvar moorthies and then the names of the patients would be read and joint prayers conducted. After that archanas would be performed in the name of patients in the sanctums of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar. The following morning, priests would proceed to the hospital and hand over the `prasadam’ individually to the patients and they are consoled.
Moreover, patients at other hospitals and homes, who send their names, stars, lagna and addresses are despatched `prasadam’ by post after archanas in their names. This joint prayers system had won the appreciation of people from all over Tamil Nadu which is reflected in the numerous letters that the temple authorities receive daily. Those patients who wish to seek cure through this joint prayers could send their names and other details to the temple authorities, their names will be included in the joint prayers and archanas and the `prasadam’ would besent to them.