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About Koothandavar Festival


Koothandavar festival at Koovagam in Tamil Nadu plays out a tale of marriage and widowhood, all in a day.


Facts for Prelims

About Koothandavar Festival:

  • The Koothandavar festival is an annual event held in the Tamil month of Chithirai, spanning from mid-April to mid-May, in Koovagam, Tamil Nadu.
  • This traditional 18-day festival garners global attention for its distinctive celebration of the transgender identity.
  • According to a Tamil rendition of the Mahabharata, a character named Aravan offered himself as a sacrifice for the victory of the Pandavas in the war.
  • Aravan possessed a boon granting him marriage before his sacrifice, but no woman was willing to marry him as it would result in widowhood.
  • Eventually, Lord Krishna is said to have married Aravan in the form of Mohini. Legend holds that Lord Krishna mourned Aravan’s death as a widow.
  • The central ritual of the festival revolves around the sacrificial ceremony of Lord Aravan.
  • On the 17th day of the festival, transwomen from various regions assemble to wed Lord Aravan.
  • The following day marks the culmination of the festival, with Aravan’s sacrifice in the war.
  • In observance of his death, the transwomen who married Aravan undergo rituals of widowhood, mourning his demise.

-Source: The Hindu


May 2024