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Meenaskhi Kalyanam, the wedding festival of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwara 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 at Madurai's Meenakshi temple 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 Siva, Goddess Shakti and Goddess Meenakshi are taken out in a colorful procession.
It is believed that the divine and the humans together participated in the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareshwara. To mark this event, Meenaskhi Kalyanam is celebrated for twelve days from the second day of the lunar month (two days after the new moon) at Meenakshi temple at Madurai in the month of Chaitra (April-May).