Meenashi Thirukalyanam

by Dr.Vasudevan Ganapathy On 26/02/2014 - 10:58 AM

Chithirai Festival is basically the elaborate celebration of the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi Amman to Lord Sundareshwar.  There are processions all around town especially around the streets that surround the temple.  There are elephants, camels- all dressed up, blaring trumpets and drums… and huge crowds.  Music drifts from the Nadaswarams as street hawkers mill around offering various wares from kitsch to gaudy to tasteful and unusual.  After sunset torch-bearers with their flaming torches guide the pallakens (palanquins) bearing the deities.