Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Thirukkalyanam, or the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi (Goddess Parvathi) with Lord Sundareswar (Lord Shiva), is one of the major events during the annual Chithirai festival at the world famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu. In 2012, the date of Thirukkalyanam is May 2. The highly auspicious day is also known as Arumigu Thirukkalyanam.

The Thirukalyanam is observed during the Tamil month of Chithirai and is observed on the tenth day of the 12-day Chithirai festival.

Thousands of devotees gather at temple to have a glimpse of the beautifully decked idols of Lord Sundareshwar and Meenakshi and to witness the Thirukkalyanam rituals.