From early morning on the day of Mahadeepam (25th November, 2015), there was a rush of activity both on the streets surrounding the Temple and also in the Temple Compound.
The below photographs are a pictorial record of the countdown to that time between day and the dusk; heralding the lighting of the Mahadeepam both in Arunachaleswarar Temple and on top of Arunachala.
|Thiruvoodal Street, bisecting Thirumanjana Street|
|Most of the devotees are at the start of their Hillround Girivalam|
|Crowds inside the Temple Compound|
|Preparing the Temple Deepam Cauldron|
|Devotees waiting outside the Sambanda Vinayagar Shrine|
|Cameramen and Reporters upstairs|
|Waiting for 6 p.m. and Mahadeepam|
|Panchamoorthies at the 16 Pillar Kaatchi Mandapm|
The above video is of devotees inside the Arunachaleswarar Temple Compound, waiting patiently for dusk and the lighting of the Mahadeepam both in the Temple and a few moments later on the top of Arunachala.