Goddess Meenakshi Car festival in MaduraiToday I happened to witness Car Festival of Madurai Meenakshi after 44 years gap. The four main roads are flooded with people without any strange thoughts. Many people offered food packets, butter milk, water packets, hand fans etc., I have witnessed this festival till 1977 when I was in Madurai and collected hand fans, food packets etc.,Then I did not know the purpose but today only I realized the reason behind the supply of food packets and hand fans. Then people themselves forecast the need of hand fans as the crowded people might felt suffocation in the crowd. As many people comes to the festival from all parts of the country and all nearby villages and cities the food packets are supplied freely in order to feed them and prevent them wandering here and there for food. I realized the happiness in all faces even the delay in arrival of cars on the street. The festivals are not made for fun or anything but with purpose only they have arranged. Through this many small vendors got benefited, big vendors use this as their advertisement. A noted fan manufacturer arranged two or three big open vans by keeping huge man cooler fans of their make in the backside of van by providing air for the crowd. This on the one side they offer service to the public and at the same time they advertise their product. Many people offer their services with big hand fans flowing air for the assembled on the streets.
This should be viewed with humanity and one should not think these are only for the people who have no work and who wasted their valuable times.