GEORGE TOWN: The three-day annual Thaipusam festival ended when both the golden and silver chariots returned to Little India here.
The golden chariot which left the Arulmigu Sree Balathandayuthapani Waterfall Hilltop Temple around 7pm on Tuesday, reached the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street at 8.30am yesterday.
The silver chariot, which embarked on its return journey from the Nattukotai Chettiar Temple at 8pm on Tuesday, arrived at the Kovil Veedu in Penang Street at 9.15am yesterday.
A throng of devotees followed the chariots on the 12-hour journey meandering through many stretches in the heart of George Town.
Devotees also smashed thousands of coconuts along the routes as the chariots approached.
Former state exco member Datuk Danny Law Heng Kiang was spotted waiting for the chariots at a thaneer panthal (refreshment stall) outside LohGuanLye Hospital with his family at 10.30pm.
“My friends and I lined up 6,000 coconuts to pay homage to Lord Muruga.
“It is amazing to see so many people up this late waiting to present their offerings,” he said.
Many devotees swarmed both the chariots with offering trays, some holding up the processions by over an hour on several stretches.
Waterfall Temple Committee chairman Datuk R. Subramaniam said it was another year of a successful celebration with minor hiccups.
“We had a record number of devotees, visitors and tourists during the three-day festival,” Subramaniam said.