The annual solemnization of the marriage of Meenakshi with
Lord Sundareshwar (Shiva) is one of the most spectacular temple festivals
at Madurai's famous
Meenakshi temple in Tamil Nadu.
Car processions of the Goddess and the God are some of the colourful
features of this festival.
Time of The Festivity
Meenaskhi Kalyanam, the wedding festival of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwar is celebrated for twelve days from the second day of the lunar month (i.e. two days after the new moon). This is a spectacular festival celebrated in the month of Chaitra (April-May).
The festival is characterized with royal decorated umbrellas, fans and traditional instrumental music. Scenes from mythology are enacted and the deities of Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti and Goddess Meenakshi are taken out in a colourful procession. Thousands of devotees from all over the country gather in the city of Madurai on this occasion.
is connected by air with Mumbai
and Chennai. Madurai
airport is 10-km away from the city.
Rail: Madurai has direct rail connections to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kollam, Chennai, Rameswaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupathi and Tuticorin.
Road: There are excellent roads connecting Madurai to all parts of South India. Madurai city has 5 Major Bus Stands- Periyar Bus Stand, Anna Bus Stand, Palanganatham Bus Stand, Arapalayam Bus Stand, Mattuthavani Bus Stand ply in regular buses within and beyond the state.
Accommodation is available at the economy and star hotels, lodges and cottages in Madurai.