Meenakshi Kalyanam

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Meenakshi Kalyanam (Chitrai Festival)

Between March and May; during Hindu months of Caitra or Vaisakha
The marriage of the goddess Meenakshi, an incarnation of Parvati, and Lord Sundereswarar (also known as Lord Shiva), is celebrated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. The rituals are observed at the Meenakshi Temple, one of the biggest temple complexes in India, most of it built between the 12th and 18th centuries. There is a huge procession, with chariots carrying the temple images, dressed in special robes and jewels, through the streets. The people, in celebrating the marriage of the deities, also commemorate their own marriages. This festival is also celebrated in Malaysia, where it is known as Panguni Uttiram.
CONTACTS:
Tamil Nadu Tourism
Tourism Complex, No. 2 Wallajah Rd.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 002 India
91-44-25383333; fax: 91-44-25381567
www.tamilnadutourism.org
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, May 10
DictWrldRel-1989, pp. 482, 570
RelHolCal-2004, p. 185
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