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For the first time perhaps, the auspicious Chithirai festival in Madurai has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is celebrated every year on the Full moon day of the Tamil Month Chithirai, that falls between April-May.

The rituals happen at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple with much fervour and a huge crowd gathers to watch the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi Amman with Lord Sundareswara (Lord Shiva). It is believed that Lord Vishnu, as Alagar, rode on a golden horse to Madurai to attend the celestial wedding, also called Thirukalyanam.

As the event stands cancelled, it has been decided to live-stream the rituals for the devotees on the temple’s official website. Other ceremonies related to the festival – like the processions, coronation have also been cancelled. As per reports, four preists will perform the main puja, which otherwise takes place in a grand manner.

Official Website : www.maduraimeenakshi.org

HistoryTV18 to premiere ‘Meenakshi Amman & The Marvel Of Madurai’, on May 4th, Monday 8 PM

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