The annual Thai poosam teppam (float festival) of Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore will be held from Feb. 8 to 10. Preparations for the celebration are expected to begin soon.
A huge float will be specially constructed for the three-day festival, that is dedicated to Lord Singaravelar. On Feb 8., Lord Kapaleeswarar and goddess Karpagambal will be placed on the float and taken around the temple’s tank 5 times.
On Feb. 9 and 10, Lord Singaravelar along with goddesses Valli and Deivanai will make 7 and 9 rounds respectively. Vedam, Thevaram and other musical instruments will accompany the float during the rounds.
Said a temple staff, “Unlike last year, this time as the tank has much water, the float will be making rounds near the steps.”
This has happened after the temple took efforts to direct the rainwater collected from its premises into the tank. In addition, water from the stormwater drains on the streets surrounding the temple was also let into the tank.
On all three days, the event will start after 6.30 p.m. All gates of the tank will be kept open for the public to watch the festivities.