The birth anniversary - also called Guru Pooja - is celebrated as a government function at Pasumpon village, the spiritual leader's hometown.
Over the years, the event has become a political pilgrimage for Tamil Nadu politicians to woo the Thevar community, which has a strong influence across southern districts of Tamil Nadu. Till a few years ago, the event was also attended even by a few national leaders.
This year, the birth anniversary celebrations is likely to be attended by a number of state leaders such as Chief Minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK's MK Stalin, sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, MDMK Chief Vaiko and State Congress Chief Thirunavukarasar.
In order to prevent such incidents, the police have imposed a large number of restrictions to ensure that the event takes place smoothly. All highways connecting Madurai, Sivaganga, Virudhnagar and a few other adjoining districts in south Tamil Nadu are dotted by security personnel and check posts.
The statue of Muthuramalinga Thevar was on Friday adorned with the 13-kg golden armour, donated by the late AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, at the freedom-fighter-cum-spiritual leader's memorial in Pasumponn in Ramanathapuram district. The armour was adorned on the statue of freedom fighter in the presence of Madurai collector.