The presence of people at Mylapore’s popular temples continues to be low this festival season. On Day Two of Navaratri, a Sunday there were some 20 to 40 people seen inside some of what are always busy temples.
Though there was a drizzle in the evening, after the steady rain in the morning the flow of people at temples remained low as it was on the first day of the festival.
At Sri Mundagakanni Amman Temple, at about 6 p.m. there were about 8 to 10 people inside, many enjoying the large and decorated kolu that has been set up in one end of the campus.
Said Bhanu, a college teacher and local resident who visited the temple Sunday evening, “It was so quiet that I wondered if I was in the right place because this temple is always buzzing with people and activity. But it was also nice to pray in silence.”
The low-key buzz is also being seen in many a Mylapore home. Visitors have been few since families understand that in the pandemic times, it is best not to gather in groups in any place.
Said Kamakshi of Alwarpet, who has set up a small kolu at her residence, “Families who have elderly people at home are discouraging visits just to play safe. It makes sense to self-regulate.”