24 November 2015

2015 Deepam Festival. Day Eight—Night: Vettu Kuthirai Vahanam

The third and final procession of Day 8, of the Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Festival, is that of the Vettu Kuthirai Vahanam and which takes place at night. 

The Panchamoorties being carried out of the Kalyana Mandapam

The Panchamoorties are carried palanquin style out of the Kalayana Mandapm, around the Siva Sannidhi, up to the Yagasala and then right through the centre of the Temple, to the east side and exiting at the Thittivasal. Between all the carrying the Gods also rest at three separate stations where they need to be supported by specially constructed brackets.

Brackets at the Yagasala, 3rd Prakaram

More brackets which will be utilised to support the weight of the Gods' Palanquins

Coming out of the Kalayana Mandapam: Arunachaleswarar and Ambal

The Gods circumambulating the Madaveedhis of Arunachaleswarar Temple

The Goddess with riding crop in hand -- She looks so very nice

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