Lord Kallazhagar began his journey towards Madurai from Kallazhagar Temple at Alagarkoil on Monday evening as part of ‘Chithirai’ festival.
The idol of the presiding deity of the temple, Lord Kallazhagar, was brought out from a mandapam inside the temple at 5.45 p.m. on an ornately decorated palanquin which was carried by more than 50 volunteers.
Thousands of devotees had thronged the temple to catch the first glimpse of Lord Kallazhagar as he began his journey towards the city.
The devotees broke into applause and chanted hymns as the deity was brought out, and fireworks were set off outside the temple.
A large posse of policemen had been deployed at the temple to regulate the crowd.
The deity of Lord Kallazhagar will enter Vaigai river at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.