Chithirai Thiruvizha


Chithirai thiruvizha: Chithirai Festival; Goddess Meenakshi Amman; festivals of Tamilnadu and many more information.

Chithirai Thiruvizha


Chithirai Thiruvizha is one of the main festivals of Tamilnadu. Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated during the Tamil month of Chithirai, or Chaitra, which spans approximately from the middle of April to the middle of May. Chithirai Thiruvizha is actually the festival of Madurai. Chithirai Thiruvizha begins from Madurai too. Chithirai Thiruvizha begins with Kodi Yetram, which is then followed by Meenakshi pattabishkam, then Dikvijayam and the Divine Wedding, Tirukalyanam. Chithirai Thiruvizha is clebrated on the first Full Moon Day of the Tamil month of Chithirai.

The next day's programme is called Ther Tiruvizha. The two presiding deities of the city of Madurai, Goddess Meenakshi Amman and Lord Sundareshwara, are taken out from their abode in the Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. They are taken on a pompously decorated chariot and travel all round the city, offering blessings to the needy and to the devoted. This is one of the important parts of the festival of Chithirai Thiruvizha. It is actually the preparation of the great wedding to be followed next morning. According to the Tamil myths, Madurai was the place of the grand celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi Amman and Lord Sundareshwara. The Chithirai Thiruvizha is celebrated to commemorate that mythical occasion.

According to the myths Sundararaja Perumal, the brother of Goddess Meenakshi Amman, came late in that wedding. Following that story, the icon of Sundararaja Perumal enters the city by the evening of the next day. Meanwhile, Sundararaja Perumal takes rest on the northern banks of the River Vaigai. People gather in numbers in that northern bank of River Vaigai to welcome Sundararaja Perumal into the city as Kalalagar. The name of this particular event of the Chithirai Thiruvizha is called Etirsevail, literally denoting welcoming from the opposite side. Alagar however, got into the River Vaigai, but hearing that the marriage ceremony is over, returns angrily from the mid way.

Chithirai Thiruvizha
Chithirai Thiruvizha


Events in the Chithirai Thiruvizha


The Events in the Chithirai Thiruvizha are Kodi Yetram which is the start of the Chithirai Thiruvizha, Parrabhishekam when Goddess Meenakshi Amman is coroneted the Queen of Madurai, Digvijayam as Goddess Meenakshi Amman conquers lands, Meenakshi Tirukalyanam or the wedding, Ther Thiruvizha or the Chariot Festival, Etirsevai or welcoming alagar, and finally Alagar Vaigai Elenthuarulal, as Alagar returns from the Vaigai River.



Planning a Trip to Madurai?


Related Articles

Tamilnadu Festivals - Important Fairs and Festivals celebrated in Tamilnadu

This resource gives you important details about the fairs and festivals in Tamilnadu. In this resource I have given a brief desciption about each festival. You can get details about The Harvest Festival 'Pongal', Chithirai Festival at Madurai, Dance Festivals At Mamallapuram, Natyanjali Dance Festival at Chidambaram, Skanda Sashti Vizha, Karthika Peruvizha at Tiruvannamalai, The Aurbathimoovar Festival, Mahamagam Festival at Kumbakonam. Read the article and get to know about the festivals of Tamilnadu.

Happy Tamil New Year 2013 Celebrations with special tamil festival recipes

Give a good start to the new beginning of Tamil New year 2013 with delicious Tamil New Year Recipes like Pal Payasam, Parupu Poli, Mango pachadi, Dal Vada and Vepampoo Pachadi. Read the below article to know how to prepare these dishes with simple ingredients that can be found at home. Enjoy these tasty dishes.

More articles: Tamilnadu culture & festivals tamilnadu festivals

Comments

No responses found. Be the first to comment...


  • Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
  • No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
  • This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
  • Name:
    Email: