During Festivals, there is even more work and maintenance (both inside and outside the Temple Compound) to ensure a well run, successful function.
The below photographs are of preparations and maintenance during this 2015 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Festival. The first three photographs are from outside the main east Raja Gopura Temple Gate, the rest of the photos are from inside the Arunachaleswarar Compound.
|Garlands, Coconuts and Puja Implements for Devotees to purchase|
|Many Shops and Stalls with a proliferation of Deepam Lamps|
|Clay Lamps used around Houses, Gates and streets|
|Some Garlands are made inside the Temple Compound|
|Making Garlands, a day long enterprise|
|"Stops" to secure the wheels of tractors pulling Vahanas|
|Throughout Temple Compound, Lamps for use during Night Processions|
|Holders for Powerful Gas Lamps|
|Preparing Lamps for Night Processions|
|Master Craftsman repairing a Tabala (drum)|