Koovagam, India's Largest Transgender Festival
Koovagam Festival is dedicated to the worship of Aravan. It is said that Sri Krishna took the form of Mohini – a female form to marry Aravan who was to be sacrificed before the Mahabharata war. Koovagam Festival 2019 date is yet to be announced by the temple. The marriage takes place on the day. Next day the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festivities begins a fortnight before the two important days mentioned above. Some rituals are held during these days too. The two-week long festival begins on, 2019, and ends on 2019. Miss Kovagam competition will be held on .
Note on 2019 Koovagam - the festival is regularly observed on Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami (April 19, 2019). But the temple sometimes can conduct the ritual on another date. There is no consistency. So it is better to wait for the official temple dates to arrive before booking flight, train and hotels.
The dates are yet to be provided by the official Temple website.
The festival observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month.
Thousands of transgender, homosexuals, and eunuchs participate in the festival.
The festival includes the marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day, an effigy of Koothandavara (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.
Koovagam Village is located around 30 KM from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.
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