Chithirai Thiruvizha 2016 at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Chithirai Thiruvizha is one of the most important annual festivals held at the world famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. In 2016, the date of commencement of Chithirai Thiruvizha is April 10, 2016. Pattabhishekam of Goddess Meenakshi is on April 17, 2016. Celestal Wedding or Thirukkalyanam of  Lord Sundareswarar with Goddess Meenakshi is on April 19, 2016. The Car festival is on April 20, 2016. The festival is celebrated for 12 days during the Tamil month of Chithirai or Chitirai (April – May). Chithirai Thiruvizha ends on April 21.

Chithirai Thiruvizha begins with flag hoisting ceremony - April 10, 2016

Thikvijayam or the procession of Meenakshi Sundarambal is on April 17, 2016

The most important rituals associated with the festival are -
  • the coronation or Pattabhishekam of Meenakshi Amman on the eighth day,
  • procession of Goddess Meenakshi on the ninth day,
  • Thirukalyanam or celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar on the tenth day,
  • the car festival on the 11th day and
  • the Theertha festival is celebrated on the 12th day with the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi going round Masi streets and blessing the devotees.