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Satish Sastri
Apr 16, 2019

Madurai Chithirai Festival 2020

Madurai is a famous south part of the Tamil Nadu, Madurai is one of the popular art-culture places with affluence. Madurai is a symbol tradition and festival as well as Chithirai is the first month of Tamil During the time festivity celebrated place of the Meenakshi temple also it is a remarkable festivity in Madurai.

Meenakshi Sundareswar

Indian festivals are world-renowned as well as the Chitirai festival is the most famous traditional festivity in Madurai in the South part of TamilNadu. Many people came to visit this festival from other states and continents. This celebration starts with Kodiyettram (Flag Hosting) it mentions the begins of the festivity. Chitra festival glimpse of our ancient culture, traditions, and customs among all festivals. Traditionally, this celebration performs on Tamil first month and the Chithirai festival. Being celebrated on the fifth day of April/May as per the English Gregorian calendar. However, the Thiruvizha generates, auspicious of the month of Tamil.

This festival witnesses the marriage of Lord Sundareswarar or Lord Shiva and goddess Meenakshi. Who was Lord Vishnu’s sister and thus signifies the unification of people from all castes and creeds? It starts from the flag hoisting ceremony followed by the rituals which last long for two weeks during this time traditional drama, dance, and music plays in front of the devotes.

chithirai festival dance


Goddess Meenakshi is the daughter of King Pandiya and she is the incarnation of Shakti. However, the Goddess Meenakshi was the younger sister of Kallazhagar (incarnation of Lord Vishnu and when the goddess married Lord Sundareswarar, her brother could not visit her in person. The married couple went to meet Lord Vishnu at the Vaigai river where Lord Vishnu went inside the river to present his gifts to the couple. Chithirai festival marks this incident and celebrates it with full enthusiasm.


Traditionally, every year this festival started  by flag hoisting ceremony in Madurai Meenakshi temple. Flag hoisting signifies the emergence of two-week-long festivities, and everyone starts to prepare for the same.

Whenever this festival starts with Kodi Yetram and ends on deity Pattabhishekam.

Madurai Chithirai Festival Dates:

Date  Day Ratha Yatra
 25 April 2020   Saturday Karpaga Vriksha, Simha Vahanam.
26 April 2020 Sunday Bootha, Anna Vahanam
27 April 2020 Monday Kailasa Paravadham, Kamadenu Vahanam
28 April 2020 Tuesday Thanga pallakku
29 April 2020  Wednesday  Vedar Pari Leelai - Thanga Guthirai Vahanam
30 April 2020 Thursday Rishaba Vahan
01-May-2020 Friday Nantheekeshwar, yaali Vahanam
02-May-2020 Saturday  Sree Meenakshi Pattabhishekam - Velli Shimhasana Ula 
03-May-2020 Sunday Sree Meenakshi Digvijayam - Indira Vimana Ula
04-May-2020 Monday Sree Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Thirukalyanam
05-May-2020 Tuesday Thiru Ther - Therottam - Sapthavarna chapram.
06-May-2020 Wednesday Theertham, velli Virutchaba Sevai
07-May-2020 Thursday Sri Kallazhagar Vaigai Aaatril Ezhunthrural
08-May-2020 Friday Thirumalirunsolai Sri Kal Azhagar
09-May-2020 Saturday Mohanaavatharam
10-May-2020 Sunday Sri Kal Azhagar Thirumalai Eluntharural


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  • User Avatar
    11/05/2020 8:46:12 PM

    During chithirai festival celebrating for 16days, everyday people do festival or it is dedicated only for temple.

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      Satish Sastri
      23/07/2020 8:54:52 AM

      In the temple, festival celebrations are done throughout 16days with spiritual dance, singing followed by Rath yatra at particualar days.

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    04/05/2020 6:52:31 AM

    Thirukalyanam pakamudila ga

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    kasiviswanathan subramanyam
    12/12/2019 10:54:12 AM

    Why the name called Chithirai festival ?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/12/2019 9:59:54 AM

      It is celebrated in Madurai in the Tamil month called Chithirai so it is called Madurai Chithirai festival

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      14/11/2020 5:54:36 PM


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    Vishnu Mohan
    18/04/2019 10:18:46 AM

    Chithirai Festival is famous festival in madurai in Tamil Nadu. Every year large number of people coming to Madurai Meenakshi temple on this festival time. I am regularly follow the most of Puja N Pujari blog posts . Great job thank u.

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      22/10/2019 2:16:26 PM

      Thank you

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    16/04/2019 1:33:49 PM

    Nice blog post. Madurai Chithirai Festival 2019 information was very helpful. We are planing to go madurai this year on this festival occasion.