Chennai: As the annual Panguni Peruvizha, the most important festival of the Shiva temple is underway the four ‘mada’ lanes around the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore are ablaze with festive colours.
 
On the fifth day on Friday, the presiding deity, Lord Kapali, also Lord Shiva, and his consort Goddess Karpagambal were seated on well-decorated vahanams (carrier) and taken along the four ‘mada’ streets at precisely 10.30 pm. Accompanied by Lord Ganesha and Murugan (children of the divine couple). With hundreds of devotees on both sides, and continuous Vedic chants uttered by priests, the procession is scheduled to go back to the temple in the early hours of Saturday. The highlights of the festival will be Thiruther (March 20) and Arupathumoovar Vizha (March 21).
 
 
 “About 15 CCTV cameras, worth more than 3 lakh, have been installed inside and outside the temple complex. A makeshift police control room has also been set up with a huge contingent of policemen on hand to patrol the crowd. Adequate drinking water provisions have been made,” said D Kaveri, the executive officer of the temple.