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FESTIVALS:

Float Festival : Float festival of Varadaraja Perumal temple is held twice a year ; the First festival in the month of February and the Second float festival in the month of November.

February – March : Maha Sivarathri utsav of Kailasanathar Temple.

Ekambareswar KoilMarch – April : Panguni Uthiram Brahmotsavam of Ekambareswarar Temple. Unlike other Brahmotsavams it is a 13 day Festival and 14th Day is called as Thirumurai Festival.

April – May : Chithirai Mahotsavam of Varada Raja Perumal, the longest of its kind is celebrated for 21 days. The First 12 days are celebrated as Brahmotsavam and the second part is 9 Day Vidyatri Utsav and the Thiru Avathara Utsavam of Varadaraja Perumal marking the Avatara Star Hastham. On Chitra Paurnami day Lord Varadaraja Perumal is taken in procession to the banks of Palar river for Nadathri Utsavam.

Vaigasi [May-Jun] : Brahmostavam of Lord Varadaraja Perumal takes palace during this month and the inscriptions even specify the route of procession of the Deity. The God and Goddess mounted on different Vahanam every day and taken in procession.

Ani [June-Jul] : Kodai Utsavam meaning Summer Festival. Thirupallandu Sirappu and the Jyeshtabhishekam of the Utsavar [Procession deities] are performed in this month. This festival finds a mention in the inscriptions found in the temple dates back to Pandiya and Vijayanagara kingdom.
Adi [Jul-Aug] : Thiru Adi Pooram [Thiruvadipuram] is colourful festival of this month. Paurnami or Full Moon day of this month is celebrated as Gajendra Moksham (Salvation of Gajendran - Elephant) festival. Inscriptions confirm that this festival is believed to have been celebrated from even before 1592.

Avani [Aug-Sep] : Sri Jayanthi or Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated on the day of the Star Rohini of this month. The Annual Pavitrotsavam is celebrated on all the Vishnu Temples of our State. During this festival all the deities of temple will be adorned with Pavitra Mala or Purification Garlands . This is conducted to purify the omission, commission and short comings in the day to day pujas of the temple.

Purattasi [Sep-Oct] : Navaratri falls in this month. Most colorful and exciting festival both in the individual houses and almost all the temples of Kancheepuram. Navaratri at Kamakshi Amman Temple is like another Brahmotsavam Cultural . The religious and Vedic programs fills the agenda on all the 10 days. Silk Tourism Festival also takes please during this month.

Aipasi (Oct-Nov) - Besides Deepavali, Manavala Muni, and Mudal Alwars festival are some important festivals.


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