CHENNAI: The four ‘mada’ lanes surrounding the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore decked up for the annual Panguni Peruvizha, the most important festival of the Saivite shrine, is underway.
On the fifth day, on Friday, the presiding deity, Lord Kapali (Lord Shiva) and his consort, Goddess Karpagambal, were taken along the four madas at 10.30 pm. They were accompanied by Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. With hundreds of devotees lined up on both sides, and continuous Vedic chants by priests, the procession of deities is scheduled to return to the temple only in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Hectic preparations were undertaken in the wake of the occassion. “About 15 CCTV cameras, worth more than 3 lakh rupees, have been installed both inside and outside the temple complex. A makeshift police control room has also been set up, with a huge contingent of policemen to patrol the crowd. Adequate drinking water provisions have been made,” said D Kaveri, executive officer of the temple.