The tradition of a Chariot Festival (Thear Thiruvalla) is held annually at the majority of Hindu Temples, however it is a custom celebrated by Tamil Hindus.
The Chariot Festival occurs near the end of a fast. This fast can take place for a few weeks to a month varying from Temple to Temple.
On this occasion, the main Deity of the Temple is beautifully decorated and adorned in flowers then carried on a Chariot (thear) for a long procession.
The photos below display a sense of the religious festival that I attended today:
I wanted to use this post to also highlight an issue that I’ve been considering for a long time.
I don’t want to sound like an atheist (because I’m not) but why are people so worked up when it comes to religion. Rather than uniting those with similar beliefs why is there something creating variations within the same belief, causing divisions???
The other thing I wonder is why people spend there lives dedicating themselves to religion, when God put us on this earth to live life to its fullest… Yet these people are trying to get close to him again???
Again I repeat I am not an atheist, but I’m not an extreme theist. My belief extends to the point that God (an energy) exists above us and will guide us in the times we most need it.