Two new umbrellas for the gods are getting ready for the festival. And these are a personal donation and group effort of a band of Shiva bhaktas here.
One of them shows us how they have followed the traditional methods of making the umbrellas. "It will cost us some Rs.18,000 for each while the professional makers will charge about Rs.25,000," we are told.
They want us to keep this effort unknown because they could get a negative response from the professional umbrella makers of Chintadripet.
An old umbrella, largely pink stands in a corner; still inspiring the men here as they work on the hood of the yellow-based one.
"It needs some skill to carry temple umbrellas," says one volunteer as we try to lift one and it slants quickly.