Meenakshi Kalyanam is truly one of the most popular festivals of Madurai that attracts visitors in large numbers, not only across India but from other counties as well. Meenakshi Kalyanam, Madurai is also one of the widely celebrated fairs and festivals in Tamil Nadu, India. The annual festival is celebrated every year at the world-famous Meenakshi Temple in Madurai in observance of the divine wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareshwar (Shiva).
Meenakshi Kalyanam Festival in Madurai is an annual festival that falls in the months of April – May (Hindu month of Chaitra) and stretches over a period of 12 days. The festival commences from the second day of the lunar month that is exactly two days after the new moon.
Meenakshi Kalyanam is celebrated in the grandest manner possible at the magnificent Meenakshi Temple located in the renowned temple city of Madurai. During the 12-day festival that is widely celebrated across the state of Tamil Nadu, spectacular images of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva are taken out for processions at the streets. A large number of locals as well as tourists flock to Madurai during this time to witness the majestic proceedings. The magnificent temple is adorned as a bride during the time of Meenakshi Kalyanam festival that adds to the beauty of the already splendid holy shrine.
A large number of umbrellas and fans are beautifully decorated in authentic royal style during the celebrations of Meenakshi Kalyanam in Madurai. Traditional instrumental music provides a perfect backdrop to the enactment of mythological scenes by local artists. Car processions of large deities of Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti and Goddess Meenakshi are a prominent feature of Meenakshi Kalyanam festival in Madurai.
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