29 November 2017

2017 Arunachala Karthigai Festival: Day 6. Night—Silver Chariot

The below pictorial report is of the night procession of the sixth day of the 2017 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Festival with the Lord in his processional Silver Chariot.

Aarti is performed to the panchamoorthies in the Kalyana Mandapam (3rd Prakaram)

The Panchamoorthies are carried in palanquins around the outside of the Siva Shrine to the Yagasala Shrine (3rd Prakaram)

At the Yagasala Shrine ceremonial markings and pottu are added to the foreheads of the Deities

After the markings and pottu have been added, the Deities are then carried away from the Shrine through the Temple, exiting via the Thitti Vassal gate next to the Raja Gopuram (5th Prakaram)

The Gods are then carried across Car Street to the Tank next to Siva Sannidhi Street

Moving towards the loading mandapam

From the loading mandapam (yellow building) the God is then transferred into the Silver Chariot

Priests and attendants seating in front of the Lord on top of the Silver Chariot

The Lord in Silver Chariot leads the procession, the other Deities follow in their own conveyances

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