The second that follows is
Thaipusam. This is also a
festival held in the Perianayaki temple. As it falls in January -the post
harvest season, the exuberance of the agriculturists and their lusty
participation lends unique splendour to the temple. The most remarkable feature
of this festival is the parading devout Bhaktas bearing kavadis.
The yellow robed devotees coming from several distant places dance their way
through the streets and reach the Muruga sannidhi to the accompaniment of music
both vocal and instrumental.
Their huge number crosses thousands and safely
reaches a six digit figure. Rich and poor, literate and illiterate walking bare
- foot from hundreds of miles avail the darsan of the Lord's after hours of
standing in long and unending queues. It is rather a test of their spiritual
yearning than physical stamina. Another special feature that delights the
visitors is the float festival on the tenth day that marks the end of festival.
The gaiety and piety surging from the hearts of devotees defies description.
Many strange and ghastly traditions, like the lips pierced with mini silver
lance, and locking of mouth with metal ring to maintain perfect silence and
drawing of small make-shift chariot with its chain hooked into the back of
devotees strike the eye of the spectators during the festival Well this is India ness
and it is equal to none but to itself, being carried on over millimiums.