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 2014 date is May 13. The marriage takes place on the day. Next day, on May 14, the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festival is observed for a fortnight – nearly 18 days.
The festival is observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month. The festival lasts for nearly a week.
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.