Maheswara Puja.....The Highlight of the Feast
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
7Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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During this time, devotees would spend their time fraternizing as many of those that attend are locals, some of whom may have migrated to other cities but come back to this town on this day and it is now they get an opportunity to meet their old friends and catch up.
Besides, there is also loads of other activities that is happening. Many are seen buying the archanai (prayer) tickets which they would use later, some getting them some drinks from the free drinks stalls which are set up by some of the local families who do it as part of charity.
Then within a short time, the arrival of the guest of honour which is the local Member of Parliament. He comes by and then is taken on a tour around the temple. Then of course he gives his bit of donation to the temple.
Then the Maheswara Puja starts which begins at the main shrine and then goes on to the flag hoist to raise the flag marking the completion of the days feast and also the beginning of lunch being served. This is followed by a small procession that moves on to the kitchen where the consecration ceremony of the food is done. I have included loads of photographs from this activity which may seem strange to some as this culture may be something completely new and alien to you.
The the processions moves back into the main shrine and completes the days prayers. Then devotees who had purchased the Archana tickets would take their turns in making their pujas and offerings to the temple.
This is then followed by lunch and lunch in itself would go on until at least 4 pm. As for us, we left the temple about 2 pm and we would need to return again by 5 pm for the chariot procession preparation and then to follow the entire chariot procession around the town which usually goes on until around midnight. I shall bring this event too to you in the next entry.