The balder I get, the more difficult I find going out in the sun. So having experimented with various timings for visiting the arupathumoovar festival (including one disastrous year when I tried to go at 3.00 pm), I have now hit upon the right timing – 10.00 pm.
At that time, the crowd is just about 100000000 strong and not 1000000000 strong and that makes all the difference. The sun too, has long called it a day.
I cant say these are great photos but this was the best I could manage. I have managed to get some control over the issue of grainy photos I think.
By the time I reached,the deities were just about to re-enter the temple.
The best I could manage of Kapali was a shaky shot
Singaravelar was a lot better
All of them together was not a great pic
And finally Vairamudi Swami – known as such because at one time he would arrive for this procession decked in the diamonds loaned by the Lodd Govinddoss family. Now I am told that practice is discontinued.
Missed several such as the Kolavizhi Amman, Tiruvalluvar and Vasuki, Mundagakanni Amman and Ratnamudi Swami. Next year certainly.