The festival of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam celebrates the divine wedding of Meenakshi Amman with Lord Shiva. This grand celebration is held in Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and is one of the biggest events here. According to the legends it is believed that once Lord Shiva visited Madurai to tie the nuptial knots with Meenakshi and this tradition has been continued since then. This annual event takes place in the famous ‘Meenakshi Amman Temple’ at Madurai and devotees from all corners of the world come to witness this magnificent event. A part of the renowned Chithirai festival, Meenakshi Thirukalyanam is held on the 10th day. On this auspicious day thousands of devotees from Madurai and adjoining areas come to the ‘Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple’ to observe the celestial wedding of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati). Devotees throng the temples in large numbers to seek the divine blessings from their lords.
Meenakshi Thirukalyanam 2018 was on April 26 Thursday
Rituals during Meenakshi Thirukalyanam:
On the day of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, devotees get up at sunrise and reach the Meenakshi Madurai temple. After taking a holy dip in the Golden Lotus pond, they wear clean clothes. Goddess Meenakshi is first worshipped by the traditional methods, following which prayers are offered to ‘Viboothi Vinayakar’. On this day devotees sing devotional songs and bhajans. It is also considered auspicious to wear the holy ash, known as ‘Uthiraksham’ while entering the temple premises. Devotees also carry fruits, coconuts and incense sticks to offer to their lords. Inside the temple the idols of the Gods and Goddesses are decorated with beautiful silk clothes and floral garlands. Not only is this, on the day of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam the entire temple decorated as a bride. There are nearly 50 priests in the Meenakshi Madurai temple who perform the puja rituals and special prayers. The main priests in the temple perform the ritualistic wedding ceremonies. At the completion of the event, magnificent idols of Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi Amman are taken out in huge processions on the streets in the ‘Pushpa Pallakku’ and ‘Yaanai Vahanam’.
Important Timings On Meenakshi Thirukalyanam
|Sunrise||26-Apr-2018 06:01 AM|
|Sunset||26-Apr-2018 18:48 PM|
|Uthiradam Nakshatram Begins||26-Apr-2018 14:26 PM|
|Uthiradam Nakshatram Ends||27-Apr-2018 14:00 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Significance of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam:
Meenakshi Thirukalyanam is a part of the renowned ‘Chithirai Thiruvizha’ celebrations. This festival is observed during the month of ‘Chitirai’ in the Tamil calendar. Chithirai Thiruvizha is an annual event celebrated with great pomp and show in Madurai in the month of April, as per the Gregorian calendar. It is known to be the world’s longest celebrations that last for a period of one month (30 days). Of this, the first 15 days are dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati) and the remaining 15 days is celebrated for Alagar, who is known to be a form of Mahavishnu. Alagar is the elder brother of Meenakshi and he visited Madurai to attend the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Meenakshi.
Meenakshi Thirukalyanam festival dates between 2015 & 2025
|2015||Thursday, 30th of April|
|2016||Tuesday, 19th of April|
|2017||Saturday, 6th of May|
|2018||Thursday, 26th of April|
|2019||Wednesday, 17th of April|
|2020||Monday, 4th of May|
|2021||Saturday, 24th of April|
|2022||Thursday, 14th of April|
|2023||Monday, 1st of May|
|2024||Saturday, 20th of April|
|2025||Wednesday, 7th of May|