The protector of the neighborhood is given her rightful place in the celebrations - the first place to pray for goodness and blessings for the fest that ends with the kalyanam.
But those who had gathered were close devotees.
Seetha from Ponnambala Vadyar Street, Mylapore was here with her family members. The fifty-year-old told us that she keeps this date here and has been doing so for 20 years. The family sat around to cook ven-pongal and sakkarai-pongal to be given to the priest for the rituals. Some for the Kolavizhi Amman and some for the Bhadrakali Amman.
A pot-ful of each variety was prepared this morning and brought here as offering.
There was also a man from Teynampet, preferring to remain anonymous who brought about 8 to 10kilos of pongal and made an offering. He said a prayer and left the place, saying he would do this henceforth every year for this occasion.
The fest has its devout followers.
- Report and photo by R. Saravanan