So it is time for music, and some dance.
The music has been floating all around Sri Kapali Temple. Vocalist Vijay Siva launched the concerts with his trademark recital and the first evening attendance was large; a LED screen positioned alongside the stage, outside the Navaratri mantap relays the images for rasikas who prefer to sit on the ground or around the lord Murugan sannidhi.
Sunday's concert of Sanjay Subrahamanyan was packed; and in that audience Sanjay's devoted fans who trail him to all his concerts in the city and around ( he has one in Bengaluru on 20th, at the Chowdiah hall).
T M Krishna was on stage on Monday evening; on Sunday evening, he had sung at the Big Tent in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru for the Sri Ramanavami fest season. That concert had some 4000 plus people in the audience. Tuesday's attendance here was big. In the front row, a VIP fan - Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Bodies sweat, the evening temperature climbs down slowly from the daytime 34 degrees. But rasikas do not want to trade their seats in the mantap - for the concert series features all the top artistes of the day.
The music-dance fest ends on April 24 with Radhe Jaggi's dance concert.
That is the Panguni tradition.