Human compassion at its bestOf late, a large number of activities of voluntary organizations are increasing by leaps and bounds. The famous temple festivals in the Amman temples at so many places, one actually tends to think, were the outcome of loud thinking of elders who sought to bring about peace and harmony in the State. It does seem that such festivals are celebrated not only in Tamil Nadu, but in parts of AP and Karnataka as well. Sometimes, there is animal sacrifice in the form of sheep and goats and makes the pure vegetarians run one hundred meters from such venues. Apart from this single issue, the intermingling of various people of all castes and communities and religions has to be seen to be believed.
Food is prepared at various places and distributed to lakhs of people. Voluntary donations from the rich traders runs into lakhs of rupees. The Lord is taken in a procession and some special Pooja is also done. None of the devotees goes without food as it is prepared and distributed by hundreds of families in bulk. It is human compassion at its best. Do you have such festivals in other States? Well, the hundreds of shops sell goods worth at least sixty lakh rupees catering mostly to lower middle class people.