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Vaishakh Month – Importance of Vaishakaha Masam

Vaishakha Mahina, or Vaishakh Masam, is an auspicious month in calendars followed in Kannada and Telugu culture (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh). It is one of the highly auspicious months associated with Lord Vishnu. The month is also important in Gujarati and Marathi calendars. It is the second month in a traditional Hindu calendar in Kannada, Telugu and Marathi culture. Vaishakha mahina is associated with prosperity and Akshaya Tritiya is observed on third day of the month.

Significance of Vaishakh month is mentioned in the Puranas and the famous Vaishakh Snana takes place in the month. It is believed that taking bath in HolyRivers and Sacred teerths on the day will help in redemption of sins. The month is believed to be the ideal month to conduct pujas, homas etc for prosperity, off springs and well being.

Importance of Vaishaka month can be gauged from the fact that three of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations happened in this month – Parashuram, Narasimha and Kurma. (Those people who consi…

Madurai Meenakshi Temple Chithirai Festival 2012

Chithirai festival, or Chitra festival, is one of the most important annual festivals held at the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiSundareshwarTemple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated for 12 days during the Tamil month of Chithirai or Chitirai (April – May). In 2012, the date of commencement of Chithirai festival is April 23 and the festival will end on May 4, 2012. Celestal Wedding or Thirukkalyanamof Lord Sundareswarar with Goddess Meenakshi is on May 2, 2012. The Car festival is on May 3.

The Chithirai festival begins with flag hoisting ceremony.

The most important rituals associated with the festival are the coronation 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 devotee…