Close to a thousand people gathered around the ther this Thursday morning to witness the start of this procession in connection with the annual Panguni utsavam at Sri Kapali Temple, Mylapore.
The summer is just breaking, with daytime temperature at about 35 degrees but the morning was pleasant today and people started streaming in since dawn.
There is a small band of policemen on duty to secure the space around the ther but as it moved, they found it tad difficult to restrain the devotees.
Many people wore masks and an equal number did not. The local police and state agency has advised against stopping the ther at many places for aarathi and offerings to skip crowding today.
The chariot began to roll close to 9 a.m.
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