Festivals and Fairs in KaraikudiFestivals play a very important role in the lives of Chettinad people. Chettiars tend to celebrate festivals with lots of grandeur and life. They believe that festivals would bring the together their close and distant relations. Most of the festivals are huge temple thervizhas (Grand Festivals), where people from distant states and countries flock into the city. Here are few important festivals in the city of Karaikkudi.
Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple Therthiruvizha
The Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple is very famous in Karaikkudi. The midsized temple is known for its five different Amman poses. Recently, a Hanuman statue was introduced into the temple. The temple is located near the Kallukatti Area. The temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens and huge lakes. In the month of Vaikasi (days between April and May) the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple Therthiruvizha starts on the first Tuesday. The festival is celebrated in grand splendor.The enthralling festival lasts for ten long days. The amazing festival begins with Kodi Yetram (Flag hosting). The festival includes many special events like Theppam Thiruvizha (Temple float festival) and Poo Cheridal (Offering of flowers). Also, the festival concludes with the very big Ther Thiruvizha (The Temple Car Festival). The temple car festival is circled around the Kattamman Kovil. The small kovil is present to the South west of Karaikkudi.
Another interesting festival in the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple would be Tamil New Year, which falls on Chitirai 1. The festival falls on the 13th or 15th of April. The Tamil New Year is celebrated in grandeur by the locals. The very old Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple is decorated and special poojas are conducted.
Muthumari Amman Kovil PaalkudamKaraikkudi people believe that Muthumari Amman blesses them with rain. Thus, the town has two temples for the goddess. One is located in Vairavapuram and its called the Periya Muthumari Amman Kovil. Vairavapuram is towards the north east of Karaikkudi. Secondly, a new Muthumari Amman Kovil is present in Muthupattinam, that is to the North west of Karaikkudi. It is known as Chinna Muthumari Amman Kovil. The Chinna Muthumari Amman Kovil celebrates a 10 day festival. The festival begins with Kappu Kattu, which involves the process of tying a special sacred thread. The festival ends with a greand paalkudam. The festival occurs during the month of March. The festival includes special ceremonies like nethi kadan (fulfilling of vows), Alagu (body piercing), Kaavadi (walking with balance), venduthal (prayer of requisition), Pookuzli (walking on fire bed), Molaippari (shooting tender grains) and nandri kadan (Thanksgiving).
Meenakshi Sundareswarar Kovil Mahasivarathiri
A very important festival that is celebrated during the Tamil month of Massi would be the Mahasivarathiri. It is an auspicious night when devotees offer special poojas to Lord Siva. During this important moment, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Kovil offers special rituals, hosts many processions and libations. People of the temple spend most of their reading, singing and praying praises to their god. The Meenakshi Sundareswarar Kovil was built in 1872. It is known as a Sekkalai Sivan Kovil.
Palani Pada Yathirai Thiruvizha
This is a special pilgrimage that happens during Thaipoosam. During the Tamil months of Thai (January to February) devotees of Lord Murugan walk to Palani. The devotees must reach the temple atop and showcase their devoted nature. History states that Chettiars are stanch devotees of Murugan. They start a walk to Palani from Devaikottai. The walk begins few days before thaipoosam.
Karaikkudi Book Exhibition
Karaikudi is well known for its well Education Chettiars. History states that Chettinad people love books and literature. This attributes to the town's many book exhibitions and science shows. The biggest book exhibition is conducted in the Month of February. The exhibition takes place in the Kamban Manimandapam. The exhibition showcases a wide range of books. From science to fiction, biographies to auto biographies; you will find a grand collection of books in this exhibition. The special exhibition is accompanied by many cultural performances. These performances are performed by many school students. The book exhibition does not have an entree fee. Students and elders can visit the exhibition at anytime. Apart from this, local publishers and booksellers tend to host frequent book fairs.
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