Koovagam Festival 2017 Dates - Koovagam 2017 - Transgender Festival

Koovagam Festival is dedicated to the worship of Aravan. It is said that Sri Krishna took the form of Mohini – a female form to marry Aravan who was to be sacrificed before the Mahabharata war. Koovagam Festival 2017 date is May 9. The marriage takes place on the day. Next day, on May 10, the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festivities begins a fortnight before the two important days mentioned above. Some rituals are held during these days too. The two week long festival begins on April 24, 2017 and ends on May 10.

The festival observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month. 

Thousands of transgender, homosexuals and eunuchs participate in the festival.

The festival includes marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day an effigy of Koothandavara (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.

Koovagam Village is located around 30 KM from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.