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Koovagam Festival 2023 Dates - Koovagam 2023 - Koothandavar Temple Festival

Koovagam Festival is dedicated to the worship of Aravan at the famous Koothandavar Temple near Villupuram in Tamil  Nadu. Koovagam Festival 2023 date is from May 1 to May 3. The marriage takes place May 2. Next day the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). 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.

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 18, 2023 and ends on May 3, 2023. Miss Koovagam competition will be held on May 1.

Note on 2023 Koovagam - the festival is regularly observed on Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami (May 5). But the temple sometimes can conduct the ritual on another date. There is no consistency. So it is better to wait for the official temple dates to arrive before booking flight, train and hotels. Confirmed date of the main festival is May 1 to May 3.

Koovagam Festival 2023 Dates

Beauty Contest - Miss Koovagam - May 1
Marriage Ceremony - May 2
Mourning of the death of Koothandavar - May 3 morning hours

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 the marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day, an effigy of Koothandavar (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.

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