Chithirai Festival

Chithirai Festival of Madurai is celebrated between the months of April and May. According to the Tamil calendar, the festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Chithirai, the first month of the year. This festival of Madurai is associated with Lord Vishnu. Legends believe that during this time Lord Vishnu came to attend the marriage ceremony of Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi. Lord Vishnu is said to have come to Madurai mounted on a golden horse. Chithirai festival in Madurai is marked by a lot of festivities, as well as solemnity and serenity.

The Chithirai festival marks the beginning of the financial year. On this occasion, the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are taken to Vaigai River. The deities are carried to the river in a huge procession. Thousands of devotees come together to participate in this auspicious occasion. The festival is marked by revelry and merriment.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011