Madurai Chithirai Brahmotsavam - Lakhs of devotees witness lord Kallazhagar's entry into river Vaigai

May 10, 2017, Chennai

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Madurai, May 10:  Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad witnessed the historical event of  “Lord Kallazhagar’s entry into the river Vaigai” amid religious fervour, here today.

The spectacular event, considered as one of the grandest religious celebrations in the sub-continent, was held as part of the ongoing 12-day annual “Chithirai Brahmotsavam” festival of the world-renowned Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple.

The decorated idol of Lord Sundararaja Perumal, also popularly called as “Lord Kallazhagar,” in green silk attire and mounted on the magnificent “Thanga Kuthirai Vahanam” (golden stallion), was taken out in a grand procession from the Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Perumal temple at Tallakulam locality in the city, followed by thousands of devotees chanting “Govinda, Govinda” entered the river Vaigai.

At the river bed, the deity was received as per tradition by Lord Veeraraghava Perumal, mounted on his silver stallion.

Earlier, a garland of tulsi, brought from the famous Sri Aandal Temple at Srivilliputhur was adorned to Lord Kallazhagar – a customary practice to express the affection of Goddess Aandal towards the Lord.

After the rituals in river Vaigai, Lord Kallazhagar was taken in a procession to the historic “Ramarayar Mandapam,” in the city where devotees sprayed water on the Lord as part of the tradition.

According to myths, Lord Kallazhagar enters the river Vaigai on the third day after the Celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswarar at the temple.

This Chithirai Brahmotsavam is a celebration of unity and amity with a ‘Saivite’ festival telescoping into a ‘Vaishnavite’ festival.

The district administration in coordination with various government departments made elaborate arrangements for the event. A local holiday was declared for Madurai district in view of the event.