Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Chintadripet connection

The temple campus is coming alive. Scores of workers and volunteers have been hard at work on Saturday.

The main gate on the eastern side has been closed so that mud and stones can be used to create a simple ramp-like facility at the gate for the easy passage of the huge rat hams next week. People can use the side gate here.

A variety of umbrellas were sunning themselves. Some had to be repaired, some torn parts stitched up.  A set of new ones had also arrived from Chintadripet.

Chinnna-dari-pettai ( colony of weavers) is some 7 kms north of Mylapore and was the early planned colonies set up by the British to settle weavers who would arrange supplies. Here, in one street a community of people who are skilled at making garlands, umbrellas and garments for the gods work through the year.

A special kodai has been purchased to be set on top of the chariot ( ther ).

On Sunday, the vahanams and all the receptacles needed for the rituals will be taken out and cleaned and set in order.

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