The flag hoisting function started at 5 in the morning and the kodiyetram completed on the dot at 5.40
Women devotees were in colourful semi silk sarees and men in dhotis.
After the main arathi, simultaneously to the kodi and the Kapali in the Navarathri mantapam, people started disbursing. Those who had come from far exclusively for this event greeted their friends and relatives whom they meet only on occasions like this.
Women of the area who were in madisars, took a break - sitting on the steps of the mantapam and making light talk.