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Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Thirukkoil - Festivals


During the 12 months of the Tamil calendar year, every month there is a festival in the temple.

S.No Name of Month Details of the Festivals
1 Chithirai Chithirai Brahamostavam – Arumigu Thirukkalyanam.
2 Vaikasi Vasantham Festival
3 Aani Unjal Festival
4 Aadi Aadi – Mulai Kottu – Festival
5 Aavani Aavani Moolam Festival – " Puttukku Mansumantha Leela Festival"
6 Purattasi Navarathri festival
7 Ayppasi Kolattam Festival
8 Karthikai Kolattam Festival
9 Margali Thiruvathirai – Arudhra Dharsan Festival and Thiruvembavai and Thiruppavai Festival.
10 Thai Major portion of utsavam performed in A/M Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. Thepporstovam in A/M Mariyamman temple theppam.
11 Masi Masi - Mandala utsavam for 48 days.
12 Panguni Summar Vasantham Festival

Festivals are celebrated in this temple thoughout the year. Some of the most popular festivals of the temple are Chitra festival, Avanimoola festival, Masi Mandala festival, Float festival, and Navarathri cultural festival.

      The most important festival associated with the temple is the "Meenakshi Thirukalyanam" (the divine marriage of Meenakshi) that is celebrated in April every year. The wedding of the divine couple is regarded as a classic instance of south Indian female-dominated marriage, an arrangement referred as "Madurai marriage". The male dominated marriage is called "Chidambaram marriage", referring to Shiva's uncontested dominance, ritual and mythic, at the famous Shiva temple of Chidhambaram.

      The marriage brings together rural and urban people, deities and mortals, Saivas (those who worship Shiva) and Vaishnavas (those who worship Vishnu) in order to celebrate Meenakshi as the royal monarch. During the one month period, there are a number of events including the "Ther Thiruvizhah" (chariot festival) and "Theppa Thiruvizhah" (float festival). Major Hindu festivals like Navrathri and Shivrathri are celebrated in the temple.

      Like most Shakti temples in Tamil Nadu, the Fridays during the Tamil months of Aadi (July–August) and Thai (January–February) are celebrated in the temple by thousands of devotees. "Avani Moola Utsavam" is a 10-day festival mainly devoted to Sundareswarar describes his various Thiruvilayadal meaning Shiva's sacred games.