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Chithirai Thiruvizha – Magnificent Traditional Festival Of South India

Chithirai festival is celebrated as one grand and long annual event during the whole Tamil month of Chithirai. Hence, it is also named as Chithirai Thiruvizha.

India, May 29 (Uitv) - This festival is held in the famous temple of Madurai, 500 kms away from Chennai. It is said that Lord Vishnu rode on a golden horse to Madurai for the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareshwar.

A decorated chariot carrying idols of the couple are taken around the city which are welcomed by all with great enthusiasm.

The beats of drum, the spiritual ambience, people offering coconuts, flowers, camphors, all of this make for a great festival.

Trade exhibition and fairs are also organized which make it more interesting for the visitors.

Only after the rule of King Thirumalai Nayakar began, both the festivals were merged as one single occasion to unite the peoples of two groups (Saivites and Vaishnavites).


Basically, people will narrate the following story for the celebration of Chithirai festival but the actual history differs. The legend is as follows:

Lord Alagar is the elder brother for Goddess Meenakshi and he stays at Vaigai hills. Meenakshi was in love with Lord Shiva that is Lord Sundareshwarar as he was actually called.

Their marriage was arranged to be held at Madurai. On hearing sister’s marriage news, Lord Alagar moved fast down to Madurai for attending the marriage.

Since he needs to travel through the forests, he made up himself resembling a thief look so as to ensure safety and security. Before him reaching the place, the marriage took place.

When Alagar came to know about his sister marriage completion, he got angry and turned his way back. Lord Sundareshwarar and Goddess Meenakshi, both tried convincing him but he refused and moved in his own way

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