Auspicious Chithirai Festival in Madurai
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Chithirai Thiruvizha in Madurai is very famous. It is the time of conducting Meenakshi Kalyanam in Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai. We know the story of Mahavishnu, brother of Meenakshi coming late for the marriage of Meenakshi with Somasundarar and thus going back with anger without attending the function.
Meanwhile on the day of Chitra Pournami, we have the festival of Kallazhagar (Vishnu) coming by the river Vaigai from Alagarkoil, to attend the marriage. Since he is late, he is not able to attend the marriage and goes back in anger. Moreover people feed the brahmins, the poor and needy and seek the eternal bliss for a good life.
Taking a bath in a holy river on Chitra Pournami is believed to wash away our past and present sins. Moreover let us remember Chitragupta and Indra on this day and check our deeds with caution so as to avoid bad karma. We can also understand that disrespecting guru’s words as in the case of Indra will lead to grievances and sins. Let us also pray to God to get rid of our sins and get ahead with spiritual energy and meritorious life in the ongoing days.