On Friday (April 2) night, just after the clock ticked past 9.45pm, people around the Sannidhi Street zone were in for a surprise.
With the huge stage erected for election propaganda at the eastern end of North Mada Street, Adhi Kesava Perumal, who provided darshan around the four Mada Streets of Mylapore atop the Hanumantha vahanam, had to take a detour via the eastern entrance of Sri Kapaleeswarar temple and around the 16 pillar Mandapam.
The overhead sheet that had been erected last month on the Sannidhi Street for the Panguni Brahmotsavam at Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple had still not been dismantled and it almost seemed that the decorated pathway was laid out for Kesava Perumal to pass by on this fifth evening of the Brahmotsavam.
It was a rare sight to watch Adhi Kesava Perumal stop right in front of the raja gopuram of the temple.
Adhi Kesava Perumal goes around the four big Mada Streets of Mylapore on select occasions during the Panguni utsavam. The Hanumantha vahanam procession was one such occasion this evening.
28 year old G Srinivasa Raghavan Bhattar, the grandson of the late K Veera Raghava Bhattar, says that one of the distinctive features of the Hanumantha vahanam is that it is over 100 years old and is a very sturdy one.
- Report and photo by S. Prabhu