The below photographs were taken this morning (Tuesday November 24, 2015). By now the number of cows and horses will have hugely increased as the Tiruvannamalai Deepam Cow (Horse) Fair is one of the most important and famous Cow Festival in Tamil Nadu.
The Fair is located just passed the Government Arts College on NH 66. It is situated on both sides of the Highway, and on the South Side stretches down to Perumbakkam Road, and on the North Side all the way up to Arunachala.
On both sides of the Highway there are shops selling accroutements for both Bulls, Cows and Horses. There are also buggies and carts set out for sale.
|Ropes, ornaments, bells and harnesses all for sale|
|By tomorrow afternoon these stalls will have multiplied expotentially|
|Snacks, Fruit Stalls, Tiffin Restaurants surround the Fair|
|For the first time ever, I notice three camels at the fair ready for kid rides|
|The Bullocks for sale are for work and breeding -- as they are specialist and hugely expensive|
|Some Superb looking Bullocks|
|Already Bullock teams attracting attention from potential purchasers|
|Some serious checking-out! The inspector must be an experienced handler, as such bullocks can be very fierce when handled by an amateur|
|Traditionally purchases are not finalised until the Deepam is lit on Arunachala (i.e. 6 p.m. November 25)|
|Within 24 hours, the fields will be covered with Bullocks, Cows, Horses and lots of people|
|These creatures are massively strong. Remember seeing a tractor stuck in a muddy field having to be towed out by bullocks . . . sometimes the old way really is the best way!|