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The Kavadi Festival is celebrated in Tamil Nadu by the devotees of Lord Muruga. Generally, people take a vow to offer the Lord a Kavadi for the sake of tiding over a great calamity.
The ‘Kavadi’ varies in shape and size, consisting of rice, milk and other articles. As the Kavadi bearer observes silence, the bells are the only eloquent signs of a Kavadi procession. The Kavadi bearer travels on foot from village to village and begs from door to door. The villagers offer their articles directly into the basket hanging at either end of the Kavadi. This process of begging continues until the basket is full or the avowed quantity is reached.
The Kavadi festival is celebrated at all the shrines of Lord Muruga. Dancing in a hypnotic trance to the rhythm of drums, devotees of Muruga carry the Kavadi all the way up the Palawi hills to fulfill their vow. This is a major crowd-pulling festival where one can see the true Tamil culture at its best.