This is the most important festival in the temple’s itinerary. The car festival celebrated during the ‘Brahamothsavam’ of Chithirai Maasam. The relevant English months are April-May. The temple car here is the second biggest in the whole of south India. In the past the temple car was pulled by devotees. The temple cars were damaged by fire. They were later newly built. Nowadays bulldozers are employed to move the car.
Arubathi Moovar Ula:
Apart from the car festival, another important occasion, which is celebrated with a lot of pomp, is the ‘Arubathimoovar ula’. It is about the 63 ardent devotees of Lord Shiva as depicted in Periyapuranam.