Extra security and safety precautions were taken to ensure that the festival goes on smoothly in the aftermath of the recent Thanjavur tragedy.
Kallazhagar returned to the Alagar temple on Wednesday afternoon.
The district collector also inspected in person, events such as the celestial marriage and car festivals.
Residents have however urged the civic body to take proactive steps to solve the scarcity as the coming months could vastly worsen the situation.
The victims collapsed due to suffocation before being rushed to Government Rajaji Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
A large number of devotees, especially youngsters were seen taking part in the procession and standing in possible places to witness Kallazhagar entering into Vaigai.
Lakhs of devotees thronged all four Maasi Streets and pulled the wooden temple cars of Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple as part of the Chithirai festival on Friday.
Lord Kallazhagar’s procession, one of the main events of the ongoing Chithirai festival, started from the Alagar temple on Thursday evening.
The car procession began at 6.50 am and progressed through West Main Street, North Main Street, East Main Street and South Main Street, and ended at 11.50 am.
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Meanwhile, special arrangements have been made for 40 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to participate in the Chithirai festival.
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Situated in Koovagam village in Kallakurichi district, Koothandavar temple brings transpersons from across the country in April, during Chithirai festival's main event.
Situated in Koovagam village in Kallakurichi district, Koothandavar temple brings transpersons from across the country.
Amid the Vedic hymns by the temple priests and thousands of devotees' presence, the flag was hoisted in the temple’s 'Kodimaram' in the morning.
For the celestial wedding which falls on April 14, the police have also made arrangements for vehicle parking.
The much-awaited Chithirai festival, also known as ‘Chithirai Brahmotsavam’, kicked off in the city on Tuesday after a gap of two years due to the pandemic.
The farmers have now pinned their hopes high on the upcoming Chithirai festival, which will be held after a gap of two years, and have started with the harvest.