The annual Chithirai festival of the Kallazhagar Temple at Alagarkoil is all set to begin on May 10 and go on till May 19. On May 16, when the counting of votes is to take place, Lord Kallazhagar will be in the city.

At a press conference, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Executive Officer of the temple T. Varadarajan said arrangements were being made near the temple to manage crowds when Kallazhagar is taken out in a procession to Madurai city. “The procession will start from the temple at 5.30 p.m. on May 12. The ‘edhirsevai’ of the deity will take place through the day on May 13 and the procession will end on that evening at the Prasanna Venkatachalapathy temple at Tallakulam,” he said.

Lakhs of devotees are expected to witness the entry of Kallazhagar into the Vaigai on May 14. “Police personnel, as well as temple staff, will be deployed along the way to manage crowds during the culmination of the procession on the riverbed,” Mr. Varadarajan said and added that Kallazhagar would reach Vandiyur. After an overnight stay, the Lord would proceed towards R.R. Mandapam where the “Dasavatharam” would be on throughout night.

In the early hours of May 16, Kallazhagar would leave R.R. Mandapam and proceed to Ramanathapuram Mannar Sethupathi Mandapam. After a day-long event, He would leave in “poo pallakku” from the Ambalakarar Mandapam, Mariamman Temple outpost. The following day, (May 17) the deity would halt at Maravar Mandapam and reach the abode en route Appan Thirupathi and Kallanthiri, the official added.