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Srirangam Chithirai Car Festival/ஸ்ரீரங்கம் சித்திரைத் தேர் திருவிழா-2012

Three Brahmotsavas are celebrated in the months of Chithirai (VirupPan tirunaal), Thai (Bhupati tirunaal), and Panguni (Adibrahmotsavam).

 

Chithirai month’s Festivals (Apr - May)

 

car festival is celebrated and it is called “chithirai ther” , huge amount of people from all overindia , particularly huge number of village people pull the big rope of the car. It is enormous car for lord sriranganathar.

 

Viruppan ( Chithirai Ther )

Grand Festival in Tamil month Panguni (March-April), which can purify the professional blemishes. In the Vijayanagara dynasty one of the king name Viruppanna udayar established the Chithrai festival in 1383. After Muslims invasions Lord Ranganatha brought to sanctum sanctorum in 1371 (17th day Vaikasi month). In that time temple was under very much dilapidated condition. On 1377 the King Viruppannan donated Seventeen thousand gold coins for renovation of temple. In the year of 1383 after renovation Chithrai festival started after 60 years. Viruppannan handed over 52 villages for Temple welfare. In 1383 Chithrai festival being celebrated nearest villagers thronged in the Srirangam. In this festival 8th and 9th days are being celebrated by villagers very much. Villagers used to donate more number of cattle and cereals from their fields. This festival starts eight days earlier to Revathy asterism. The Chithrai car festival is being celebrated on that day.

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Taken on April 20, 2012