MADURAI ‘MEENAKSHI THIRUKALYANAM’ TOUR
TOUR TO MADURAI – ‘MEENAKSHI THIRUKALYANAM’
Tour Code: MT01
Legend has it that Emperor Kulasekhara Pandyan was the founder of the ancient city of Madurai. He was succeeded by Malayadwaja Pandyan. Malayadwaja Pandyan and his consort Kanchanamala who did not have any children of their own, worshipped with the desire of obtaining progeny. During the course of their ceremonial prayer, a baby girl appeared in the sacrificial altar miraculously. The Royal couple named her Tataatakai – she was also known as Meenakshi, the one endowed with fish-like eyes. An odd feature about the baby was that she had three breasts instead of two, and that a divine prophecy decreed that the third one would miraculously disappear, at the princess’s sight of her consort to be.
Meenakshi embarked upon a tour of victory, across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. In the course of her travels, she came to Mount Kailash; upon standing in front of Shiva her third breast disappeared and a valorous warrior princess transformed into a blushing bride. Shiva directed Meenakshi to return to Madurai and promised her that he would join her in eight days as her groom. Accordingly, at the appointed time, Goddess Meenakshi was married to Lord Sundareswarar. Maha Vishnu, believed to be the brother of Meenakshi is said to have given the bride away.
Since then the annual celebration (Meenakshi Thirukalayanam) is an auspicious day with thousands of devotees from Madurai and adjoining areas come to the ‘Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple’ to observe the celestial wedding of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati). Devotees throng the temples in large numbers to seek the divine blessings from their Lord and Goddess, as a mark of rejoicement at the moment of the ‘Muhurtham’ (tieing of the nuptials knots) where married ladies change their ‘Thalli Kodi’.
The Tour Cost includes:
- Current International Air Asia Air fare (KL-Trichy-KL)
- Airport Taxes
- Luggage of 20kgs both ways
- Hotel accommodation in 3-star hotels on twin share basis
- Daily Breakfast
- Special entrance ticket to Meenakshi Amman temple
- Ticket to the celestial wedding – Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thirukalyanam
- Transportation in an air-con vehicle with experienced driver
- Office staff to assist in Madurai only
The tour cost does NOT include: Visa fees, insurance coverage, lunches and dinners, fees for any prayers & priests, tips, additional services request and all personal expenses.
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MADURAI ‘MEENAKSHI THIRUKALYANAM’ TOUR
DAY 1 – 1 May 2020
KLIA2 – Departure to Trichy by Air Asia AK 25 @ 7.30am/ 8.55am.
You will be met on arrival at the airport. Proceed to hotel. Rest. At 4pm, proceed to visit Samayapuram Amman temple and then to Uchipillayar temple. Overnight in Trichy.
DAY 2 – 2 May 2020
After breakfast, proceed to Madurai. Arrive into Madurai. Check into hotel. At 4pm, visit Thiruparakundram Murugan temple. From there, proceed to visit Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for the evening puja. Join in the Sree Meenakshi Pattabishegam (Velli Simhasana) procession. Return to hotel. Overnight in Madurai.
DAY 3 – 3 May 2020
After breakfast, at 10am visit Palamudhircolai Subrahmanya temple. At 6pm, visit Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for evening puja and witness the Sree Meenakshi Digvijayam (Indira Vimana) procession. Overnight in Madurai.
DAY 4 – 4 May 2020
At 5am, proceed to attend the `celestial wedding’ – Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thirukalyanam. After witnessing the Thirukalyanam, return to hotel. At 6pm, proceed to Meenakshi Amman temple to attend the evening puja and witness the Yaanai Vahanam and Pushpa Pallakku. Overnight in Madurai.
DAY 5 – 5 May 2020
Early morning at 4am, proceed to Meenakshi Amman temple to witness the Thiru Ther -Terottam – Ratha Utsavam (Chariot/Car festival). Return to Hotel. Have breakfast. Departure to Thanjavur. Visit the Tanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple (Periya Kovil).
Proceed to Trichy. Check into Hotel. Overnight in Trichy.
DAY 6 – 6 May 2020
After breakfast, visit Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam. Rest of the day till evening is free. Evening transfer to the airport to board Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur.
DAY 7 – 7 May 2020
Trichy – Kuala Lumpur: AK 28 @ 0015/ 0645 am KLIA2. Return home with sweet memories of your MADURAI ‘MEENAKSHI THIRUKALYANAM’ tour with us:)