Penang procession starts 6.30am tomorrow

THE 116th annual Silver Chariot procession will be held in Penang in conjunction with Thaipusam on Thursday.

The chariot, bearing a magnificent statue of Lord Muruga, will depart from the Kovil Veedu or ‘temple house’ on Penang Road at 6.30am tomorrow.

The procession will make its way to the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple on Waterfall Road via Lebuh Penang, Lebuh Chulia, Gat Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Victoria, Gat Jalan Prangin, Jalan C.Y. Choy, Jalan Magazine, Datuk Keramat Road, Jalan Irving, Jalan Utama and Waterfall Road.

The chariot is expected to arrive at the Waterfall Road temple about 11pm.

On Friday, the chariot will start its return journey at 6.30pm.

The procession will make its way from Waterfall Road to Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Tengku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Macalister, Anson Road, Burma Road, Transfer Road, Jalan Sri Bahari, Penang Road, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Buckingham, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, Queen Street, Market Street, China Street and Beach Street.

The Nattukottai Chettiar Temple trustees urge devotees and visitors to avoid throwing coins at the Silver Chariot during the procession as this will damage the delicate workmanship of the carriage.

Kavadi bearers are also requested to refrain from playing bongo drums inside the temple premises.

To ensure a smooth-flowing traffic, the trustees ask devotees to avoid storing and breaking coconuts at the junctions where the procession will be passing by.

The trustees also remind those attending the celebration not to light up firecrackers as this is illegal.

They also advise the public to be careful with their belongings and not wear excessive jewellery or carry a lot of money when attending the procession.

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