As visitors go round the temple, they see invariably groups of people in saffron robes, each
bearing on shoulders a semi circular wooden frame, bedecked with divine offerings and uttering -
'Harohara' loudly as they pass. It is called Kavadi, and it is of different
kinds, lie Paal Kavadi, Panneer Kavadi, Pushpa Kavadi, Chandana Kavadi etc., This ritual is performed
in persuance of vows taken by the devotees, and it marks their redemption, on offering several
poojas. Normally, the devotees come from distant places, walking all the way to the accompaniment of
musical instruments and singing of hymns.
This feature is a common observance here and it goes on
throughout the year, but on Fridays it swells in large numbers adding colour and sound to the holy
precincts. This belief is gaining ground even among the intelligentsia for whom the lab tests
must precede the acceptance of such truths. This indeed is Indianness.
In true spirit and action!!