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Chithirai Thiruvizha - Madurai's most famous festival

T he festival of Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated during the month of Chitirai which falls in the month of April. The month-long fes...


Chithirai Thiruvizha - Madurai's most famous festival
The festival of Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated during the month of Chitirai which falls in the month of April. The month-long festival is one of the longest that the festivities are divided into two. Chithirai Thiruvizha

The first 15 days of the festival are in celebration of Goddess Meenakshi.  The remaining 15 days are celebrated for Alagar (A form of Lord Mahavishnu).
Chithirai Thiruvizha
Chithirai Thiruvizha 
The events unfold as:
Yetram : The chief priest of Meenakshi temple hoists the Holy flag on the KodiMaram (Flag post) of the temple declaring the opening of the month-long celebration.

Pattabisekam: The coronation ceremony when Meenakshi is crowned as queen of Madurai and rules the Pandya Kingdom for the next four months. Lord Sunderaswarar, her husband will be crowned as king for the next eight months.

Dikvijayam : The warrior Princess goes to war and conquers the world. She falls in love with Lord Shiva when she goes to Kailaayam – The Place of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas.

Meenakshi Tirukalyanam: The traditional wedding of Meenakshi Amman and Lord Shiva is celebrated in opulent style and grandeur.

Ther Thiruvizha: The procession after the wedding, when the King and Queen of Pandya Kingdom Lord Sunderaswarar and Meenakshi come to see their citizens in a beautifully decorated chariot.

Etir Sevai: When Alagar enters Madurai city and the people of the city welcome him.

Alagar Vaigai Elenthuarulal: Lord Alagar reaches the wedding of his sister a day later. He returns back to Alagarkovil after giving gifts to Meenakshi and Sundereswarar. This takes place in a mandapam in the middle of the river Vaigai.

Madurai Chithirai Thiruvizha 2019 Schedule
Madurai Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple Chithirai Thiruvizha is one of the famous festivals in Tamilnadu, Chithirai Thiruvizha begins on 8th April 2019, Check the complete schedule below

DAYDATETIMEFESTIVAL
1st Day8th April 20197:00 PMKodiyetram  (Flag Hoisting) – Karpaga Vriksha, Simha Vahanam
2nd Day9th April 20197:00 PMBootha, Anna Vahanam
3rd Day10th April 20197:00 PMKailasa Parvadham, Kamadhenu Vahanam<
4th Day11th April 20196:00 PMThanga Pallakku
5th Day12th April 20197:00 PMThanga Guthirai Vahanam
6th Day13th April 20197:30 PMThanga Rishabam, Velli Rishabam
7th Day14th April 20197:00 PMNantheekeshwarar, Yaali Vahanam
8th Day15th April 20198:00 to 8:24Sree Meenakshi Pattabhishekam
9:00 PMVelli Simhasana (Kaibaram)
9th Day16th April 20196:00 PMSree Meenakshi Digvijayam – Indira Vimanam
10th Day17th April 20199:50:00 AM to 10:14 AMThirukalyanam
7:30 PMYaanai Vahanam, Pushpa Pallakk
11th Day18th April 20195:45 AMThiru Therottam –  (Ratha Utsavam, vadam Pidithal)
7:00 PMSapthavarna Chapram
12th Day19th April 20197:00 PMVelli Rishabam

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