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Chithirai chariot festival's eleventh day is marked by a colourful parade
Chithirai chariot festival's eleventh day is marked by a colourful parade

MADURAI: On Wednesday, the eleventh day of the yearly Chithirai festival, a large crowd of worshippers flocked to Madurai's four Masi lanes to see the chariot celebration of the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

East Masi Street was the starting point for the chariot procession. Hundreds of people are tugging the ropes of the Chariot and leading it around the four Masi streets while chanting the hymns and names of Meenakshi Amman.

To control the massive gathering of worshippers and ensure security for the chariot, cops were also sent out in considerable numbers. On the tenth day of the Chithirai festival, hundreds of devotees visited the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple. The Chithirai event was attended on Tuesday by more than 20 transgender people who wore "mulaipari" on their heads.

One of the transgender people who was there for the festivities remarked, "Usually we go to the Chithirai festival at the Koothandavar temple, but this time we decided to go to the Madurai Chithirai festival. Being a part of the Madurai Chithirai Festival makes us very delighted. Many kids took part in the festivities on the tenth day of the festival while dressed as Sivan, Meenakshi Amman, and Murugan.

By dressing up their kids as gods, parents led the procession down the street. For the past nine days, Megasai, a 7-year-old girl, has been marching in the procession while wearing various outfits, including Kundavai and Goddess Meenakshi garb. Recently, Megasai participated in the procession as Kundavai (princess of the Chola empire), a part that actor Trisha performed in the Maniratnam film Ponniyin Selvan 2 that just came out.

On social media, it became popular. Trisha congratulated the young woman Megasai after seeing this picture on social media. Megasai declared, "I attended the Cithirai festival costumed as Princess Kundavai and Goddess Meenakshi. I disguised up as Sundari the day before yesterday, and actress Trisha liked it.

"I wanted my kid to participate in the event dressed as a god. So, this year, I went to the festival with her dressed as Kundavai and Goddess Meenakshi, and Trisha the actress gave my daughter praise. Megasai's mother, Priya, stated, "Today my daughter dressed up as Lord Meenakshi Amman.

On Monday, the ninth day of the Chithirai festival, thousands of devotees attended the Thirukalyanam (celestial wedding) ceremony held at the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Numerous worshippers who did not have access to the temple watched the rituals being broadcast live on an LED screen outside the building.

On Monday, the goddess Meenakshi Amman was the subject of the pattabhishekam event, commonly referred to as the coronation ceremony. Following a number of rites, the deity's diamond crown received a "Abhishekam," and then lamps were lit as part of the "Deeparadhana" portion of the ceremony. 'Rayar's Crown' is the name of the diamond crown that adorns Meenkasi Amman and is located on this temple.

This diamond crown is thought to have been given to Goddess Meenakshi by Appaji Rayar, a courtier to King Krishnadevaraya. The event commemorates the handover of the reins of the city from Lord Sundareswarar to Lord Meenakshi in the Tamil month of Avani to Chitrai.

On April 23, the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, hosted the flag-hoisting ceremony for the 'Chithirai' festival. The deities at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple were dressed in traditional armour, set with gems, and taken out for a procession through the streets on April 27, the fourth day of the Chithirai festival.

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