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Festivals of Madurai

Cittirai Festivals

Chitra Festival is the world famous festival in South India. This festival indicates the cooperation of Saivism (religion depict to Lord Shiva) and Vaishnavism (religion depict to Lord Vishnu). In tamil, we say சித்திரை பெருவிழா (Chithirai Peruvizha), சித்திரை திருவிழா (Chithirai Thiruvizha), etc. On this occasion, Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi would take procession on four masi streets both morning and evening.

Alagar Aartil Irangum Vaibhavam

The main event of this Festival is Kallalagar Crossing river function. Lakhs of people gather in vaigai to see this festival every year. While alagar enters the river he comes to know that his sister marriage has been ended already, so he returns to Karuparayar Mandapam and then he takes ten avatharam then returns to Alagar Kovil

Meenakshi Thirukalyanam

The most important festival associated with the temple is the Meenakshi Thirukalyanam (The divine marriage of Meenkashi) that is celebrated in April every year. During that one month period, there are a number of events including the Ther Thiruvizhah (Chariot festival) and Theppa Thiruvizhah (Float festival) are celebrated.

Temple Car Festival

Thousands of devotees witnessed the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple Car festival, here on Wednesday. The car rolled out of the Karuppanna Swamy temple at Theradi around 6.05 a.m., where pujas were performed for the smooth conduct of the festival, a tradition being followed for several decades.

Teppam (Float Festival)

meenakshi Amman Temple madurai Teppam -Float Festival festival takes place in January � February. In the morning the idols of Sree Meenakshi Lord Sundareswarar are taken to the Teppakulam (Float Tank). There the deities are placed in a decorated float. Then this float is drawn by ropes by devotees standing on the four roads around the tank. After this the deities are placed in the Mayya (Central) Mandapam Devotees go by boats and workship them. In the night the same process of dragging the deities in the float is repeated. At about midnight, Sree Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar are carried back to the temple.

Santhanakoodu

Santhanakoodu festivals are celebrated in Darghas as a rememberance of the saints in the respective darghas. Darghas in and around madurai and their Santhanakoodu festival dates.

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Bull Taming (Jallikattu)

In Alanganallur, ferocious bulls are left open in a festival ground and a youth who holds its hump until the victory line is considered victorious. Bulls were harmed for this game, which provoked animal activists to take the matter to the Supreme Court of India which imposed a ban on this activity.

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