We caught up with the team which readies the 'thee vettis' ; the natural fire lighters that must be a relic of an age when we lived without electricity.
Loads of these lights are required. So a team gathers lots of bamboo sticks and soaks one end in a watery cow dung mix. The sticks thus are baked in the sun.
Every evening a few are taken out, soaked in ghee and lit; volunteers carry the thee vetti at the head of the procession of the gods inside the temple campus and up to the 16 pillar mantapam.