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Maha Kumbabhishekam at Madurai Meenakshi Temple in April 2009

A Maha Kumbabhishegam will be performed at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in April 2009. Maha Kumbabhishekam is performed once in every twelve years in ancient Hindu temples. The rules and rituals associated with Maha Kumbabhishekam are mentioned in the Agama Shastra. It is performed to remove all inauspiciousness and usher in greater prosperity and peace. In 2009, the date of Maha Kumbabhishekam at Madurai Meenakshi Temple in April 8. The time is from 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs.

In view of the Maha Kumbabhishegam to be held on April 8, 2009, the sanctum sanctorum of the Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple will remain closed from 02.4.2009 to 07.4.2209. However the devotees will be allowed to worship at the yagasala located in the North Aadi Street.

During the Maha Kumbabhishekam rituals the divinity of the deities is transferred to Kalashas or Kumbhas (divine pot) through mantras and rituals. Different types of homas are performed at a specially prepared yagashala. The homas are conducted for several days and culminates on the Maha Kumbabhishekam day.

On the Maha Kumbabhishekam day, the positive energy of the homas and rituals is transferred to the Main Kumbha along with sacred waters collected from sacred rivers and an Abhisheka is performed on all the deities in the temple.

You can find more details about the Maha Kumbabhishekam at the official website of Madurai Meenakshi Temple.