Preparations for Thaipusam are complete and the events of the day have started. The Silver Chariot, pictured, arrived at Layan Sithi Vinayagar temple this morning and has just departed for the Sri Thendayuthapani. Vows begin at Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple tonight at 8:00 p.m. and continue through the night. Spike and chariot kavadi bearers begin entering the temple at 2:00 a.m. and start walking anytime after 4:00 a.m. It’s a long night for everyone involved, continuing well into tomorrow, but it is a fascinating event at every turn. More photos (not for the faint of heart) to come soon! If you want to read more about the origin of Thaipusam, check out my post from last year.