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Chithirai Festival

The procession of Lord Kallalagar (Lord Vishnu) , the elder brother of Goddess Meenakshi, from Alagarmalai to give away his sister married to Lord Sundareswar. 

The Chithirai Festival is held during April-May. On this occasion the marriage of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundareswarar is celebrated. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu as Azhagar rode on a golden horse to Madurai to the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi (Parvathi) with Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Siva). On the occasion, a decorated chariot carrying the two idols of the couple is taken around the town to the tumultuous notes of Nadaswaram and beats of drums. A spiritual ambience descends on Madurai. As the procession passes through the streets and in the vicinity of the 'devasthanam', offerings of  coconuts, flowers, camphor and agarbathis are made by devotees. A spirit of devotion marked by pomp and gaiety pervades right through the day. The festival draws a mammoth crowd. A trade exhibition and fairs organized here lend festivity to the occasion. 

The celebration is filled with pomp and festivity. The Kallalagar entering the river Vaigai is indeed a spectacular spiritual sight.

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PLACES OF INTEREST 
Meenakshi  Temple
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
Mariamman Theppakalam
CSI Cathedral
Gandhi Museum 
Madurai Kamaraj University
Agricultural College
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Chithirai Festival
Float Festival
Other Festivals
EXCURSIONS 
Alagar Koil (21 km)
Pazhamudhir Cholai (23 km) 
Kuttalam (160 km) 
Kodaikanal (120 km) 
Palani (122 km)
Periyar Tiger Reserve National Park
Thekkady (135 km) 
Suruli Waterfalls (128 km) 
Tirupparankunram (8 km) 
Vaigai Dam (69 km)

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