Huge number of people attend arubathumoovar procession

MT P 63This year’s arubathumovvar procession on Sunday, for the Panguni festival of Sri Kapali Temple must have attracted the largest number of people in recent times – over the 24 hours since late Saturday evening, a couple of lakhs of people must have attended this grand procession of the 62 Nayanmars around the mada streets.

The big surge in participation could have been because this was a Sunday, a holiday for all.

As late as 8 p.m. on Sunday, people were still streaming in from all sides, saving themselves the heat of the day and having a quick darshan of the gods and the saints as the procession entered North Mada Street’s east end.

There was order all around, with crowd management well done by city police. But the litter was great – food, plastic and paper dumped all over, even as far as Royapettah High Road and Mandaveli – leftovers dropped by people who had their fill at annadhanam stalls all around the temple zone.

Since the mada streets had been cleared of vegetable and other hawkers, Royapettah High Road turned into a marketspace where people could buy imitation jewelry and kamarakat, sundal and cheap sunglasses, vegetables and pots and pans.

One Comment on “Huge number of people attend arubathumoovar procession”

  1. When ever people want to express how big a crowd was, they always quote Arubhathimoovar festival crowd to say that it was similar to it. Who can forget a grand festival atmosphere in Mylapore with some people distributing eatables and toys to visitors and road side stalls selling flour full items. A grand sight of 63 very divine Thers (holy chariots) being pulled around the tank one after the other with Aarathi and kumkum smells purifying the atmosphere. There are police everywhere to protect visitors from thieves and women from being harassed. But the only area which is sickening is the sight of too many beggars many carrying disease which spoils the mood of the visitors who come there to worship and for peace of mind.

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