July-August -- the tamil month of `Aadi' -- is an auspicious period for all the `amman' temples in Tamil Nadu. It is during this time you can run into these colourful processions vending their way down the Chennai streets. These pics were not taken this time but I think about two years back.
This little guy was all smiles before the procession started... one look at the pierced cheeks, he started screaming his head off. He did not want any part of it... I think they left him alone.