Festivals in Trichy
Trichy celebrates all the festivals that are celebrated all over Tamil Nadu with great pomp and fervour. Religious sentiments run high in Trichy and people follow all the rituals and customs to celebrate each and every festival. Though festivals like Diwali, Pongal, Karthigai, Christmas, and Ramzan are celebrated but festivals like Aadi perukku and Vaikuntha Ekadash are popular local festivals of Trichy. Some temple festivals like Jestabishekam, Pavithrothsavam, Sri Jayanthi, Oonjal, Chithirai Ther, Mandala Brahmotsavam, Aadi Pooram, Pidari Amman festival, Panguni Ther are also celebrated
Aadi perukku is one of the remarkable Tamil Trichy festivals celebrated every year on the 18th day of the month Aadi, therefore, the name Aadi perukku. Aadi perukku comes in the middle of July-August of the English calendar month. It is a festival celebrated to thank the holy water for blessing the humans with peace, happiness and prosperity. The people of Trichy visit the river Kaveri during aadi perukku and offer their prayers and thanks to the river, as the river is the main source for agriculture in the city. Normally, each year, water is released from Mettur dam exclusively for this festival, as hundreds and thousands of people take a dip in the river and offer rituals.
The goddess Kaveri in Ammamandapam of Trichy is worshipped by many people. Marking the celebration of aadi perukku the local population tie turmeric applied thread; Ladies in the neck and kids in the hands. Newly wedded people come to Ammamandapam and throw their garlands used in their marriage as a symbol of fulfillment of their vows. As a formality, the married ladies also change their mangalsutra during this festival.
Vaikunta Ekadashi - Srirangam
The festival lasts for about 21 days, which is actually divided into two parts as morning ten (pagal pathu) and night ten (ira pathu). The main deity Lord Ranganathaswamy is ornamented with diamonds on the special day. The deity is then brought to the historic thousand-Pillar hall through paramapada vasal, which is believed to be the gate to Vaikunta (heaven). It is believed that whoever goes through the paramapada vasal on the special day will reach heaven after life.
The small stalls and shops which come on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi attract tourist and local population.
Poo choridhal - Samayapuram
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is one of the far-famed Shakthi shrines of Trichy the state. Throughout the year, devotees throng Samayapuram from various parts of the country.
The famous festival Poo choridhal is observed as Goddess Mariamman takes on fasting on the last Sunday of the Tamil month Masi whcih happens to be from February-March for 28 days. The reason behind the fasting of the goddess is for the well being of people all over the world. During this time period, only liquid naivedyam and a flour called Thullu Mavu are offered to the goddess, and no solid naivedhyams are offered. Poo Choridhal is one of the major festivals of Trichy, and the temple draws massive crowd from all over the country.