3 December 2016

2016 Arunachala Karthigai Festival: Day 1 Morning—Panchamoorthies Utsavam

After the Flag Hoisting ceremony, the Panchamoorthies each on their own palanquins are carried around the Flagpost five times in the order: Vinayaka, Murugan, Arunachaleswarar, Shakti and Chandikeswara. After their circumambulation, each of the Gods are carried through the Temple which they then leave through the Thitti Vassal Gate, adjacent to the Raja Gopuram on the east side of the Temple. 

Lord Arunachaleswarar and Goddess Shakti

Arunachaleswarar being carried around the Flagpost five times

Arunachaleswarar being carried on Palanquin, Shakti Goddess on left back of photograph

As the Gods are carried around the Flagpost, they are rocked by the palanquin bearers

The front of the Shrine was beautifully decorated for the function

Arunachala in background of a very colourful scene

Lord Arunachaleswarar in front of the 1000 Pillar Hall

Photo divided: left side Lord Arunachaleswarar and right side Shakti Goddess

The Panchamoorthies giving darshan to devotees in front of the Alankaram Mandapam

After having circumambulated the Temple on the Mada Veedhis (perimeter streets) the Gods return to Car Street completing their procession

Nearing their destination, Arunachaleswarar Temple  

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