Madurai is a famous south part of the Tamil Nadu, Madurai is one of the popular art-culture places with affluence. Madurai is a symbol tradition and festival as well as Chithirai is the first month of Tamil During the time festivity celebrated place of the Meenakshi temple also it is a remarkable festivity in Madurai.
Indian festivals are world-renowned as well as the Chitirai festival is the most famous traditional festivity in Madurai in the South part of TamilNadu. Many people came to visit this festival from other states and continents. This celebration starts with Kodiyettram (Flag Hosting) it mentions the begins of the festivity. Chitra festival glimpse of our ancient culture, traditions, and customs among all festivals. Traditionally, this celebration performs on Tamil first month and the Chithirai festival. Being celebrated on the fifth day of April/May as per the English Gregorian calendar. However, the Thiruvizha generates, auspicious of the month of Tamil.
This festival witnesses the marriage of Lord Sundareswarar or Lord Shiva and goddess Meenakshi. Who was Lord Vishnu’s sister and thus signifies the unification of people from all castes and creeds? It starts from the flag hoisting ceremony followed by the rituals which last long for two weeks during this time traditional drama, dance, and music plays in front of the devotes.
Goddess Meenakshi is the daughter of King Pandiya and she is the incarnation of Shakti. However, the Goddess Meenakshi was the younger sister of Kallazhagar (incarnation of Lord Vishnu and when the goddess married Lord Sundareswarar, her brother could not visit her in person. The married couple went to meet Lord Vishnu at the Vaigai river where Lord Vishnu went inside the river to present his gifts to the couple. Chithirai festival marks this incident and celebrates it with full enthusiasm.
Traditionally, every year this festival started by flag hoisting ceremony in Madurai Meenakshi temple. Flag hoisting signifies the emergence of two-week-long festivities, and everyone starts to prepare for the same.
Whenever this festival starts with Kodi Yetram and ends on deity Pattabhishekam.
Madurai Chithirai Festival Dates:
|25 April 2020||Saturday||Karpaga Vriksha, Simha Vahanam.|
|26 April 2020||Sunday||Bootha, Anna Vahanam|
|27 April 2020||Monday||Kailasa Paravadham, Kamadenu Vahanam|
|28 April 2020||Tuesday||Thanga pallakku|
|29 April 2020||Wednesday||Vedar Pari Leelai - Thanga Guthirai Vahanam|
|30 April 2020||Thursday||Rishaba Vahan|
|01-May-2020||Friday||Nantheekeshwar, yaali Vahanam|
|02-May-2020||Saturday||Sree Meenakshi Pattabhishekam - Velli Shimhasana Ula|
|03-May-2020||Sunday||Sree Meenakshi Digvijayam - Indira Vimana Ula|
|04-May-2020||Monday||Sree Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Thirukalyanam|
|05-May-2020||Tuesday||Thiru Ther - Therottam - Sapthavarna chapram.|
|06-May-2020||Wednesday||Theertham, velli Virutchaba Sevai|
|07-May-2020||Thursday||Sri Kallazhagar Vaigai Aaatril Ezhunthrural|
|08-May-2020||Friday||Thirumalirunsolai Sri Kal Azhagar|
|10-May-2020||Sunday||Sri Kal Azhagar Thirumalai Eluntharural|