Agni Nakshatram is a 14-day
period in May, the hottest part of the year. It is the season when
devout persons go round the hill in the Giri Veedi as much out of
faith as for reasons of health, in the early morning (1 am. to 10
a.m.) and evening (4 to 10 pm) in large numbers. Just now, the
kadamba trees (Eugenia Racemosa), favourite flora of Muruga, are in
full bloom all around the hill shedding their fragrance and
conveying healing properties to all the walkers.
At Kodumudi (Periyar District), ardent
devotees by the thousands collect Cauvery water in scorching sun and bring it in
kavadis for abhishekam of the deity and the sanctum sanctorum at the hill is a
large pool of water! It is so cool that one forgets the summer-heat. The water
bearers are accompanied by artistes in a variety of folk-music and folkdance
items. Their procession by itself is colorful and difficult to forget.
On the concluding day, the festival deity
of the Periyanâyaki Temple marches to the Adivaram and there is a majestic
procession round Giri Veedi.