The traditional festival chithirai was held in tamilnadu every year.Historically it was two separate events. The first is Meenakshi festival that was celebrated on a different month and Alagar festival celebrated on a different month as two separate celebrations. Meenakshi is the daughter of Pandya king Malayathuvaja Pandian and his queen Kanchanamalai, The royal couples didn't have a child for a long time. So, he did special pujas and offered his prayers to the God.
During the puja a small girl came out of the fire and sat on the lap of the king. At that time a divine voice from the sky told them that this child is avatar of Sakthi (Wife of Lord Shiva) and Lord Shiva will come to marry her at the right age. Meenakshi became a young woman and was trained in all warfare and she was crowned as Queen of Pandya kingdom after her father. She conquered the whole world with her extraordinary war skill and at last she went to Kailayam (The Place of Lord Shiva) to conquer it.
When Meenakshi meet Lord Shiva at the battlefield she fell in love with him and realised that She is an avatar of Sakthi, (Lord Shiva's wife). Lord Shiva assured Meenakshi that he will come to Madurai to marry her. As promised Lord Shiva along with all the Devas and rishi's came to Madurai to attend the holy wedding. Lord Shiva married Meenakshi and ruled the Pandya kingdom under the name Sundara Pandyan. This is a Separate celebration that was celebrated by Saivaites (Followers of Lord Shiva)
Natyanjali Festival is one of popular dance festival in kodaikanal.which is conducted during February, March every year. It has been conducted for continious 4 days. Whole City organize and conduct various dance performance at all places of kodaikanal.
The Natyanjali festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva & devotees worship lord to get blessings. Tandava is his aggressive dance depicting the cycle of creation, preservation and finally destruction. The lord of dance is shown to be in a violent mood in Tandava, whereas Ananda Tandava describes him in an enjoying mood. So this is one of the best period to visit kodaikanal who love dance performances and who loves nature.
Mother Salette Festival
Kodaikanal is highly popular hill station located in Palani Hills of Southern India. Mother Salette Festival is one of important festival of Kodaikanal. The majority of the Kodaikanal population is Christian. For the Christian population in this region, the Mother Salette festival is of great significance, especially due to a unique carnival which is held on this occasion.
The church Mother Salette is the venue for this festival. The Mother Salette festival is conducted every year on 14th and 15th August. Two days of festival and the grand carnival attracts plenty of tourists to this region. People come from distant places to be a part of the celebrations irrespective of their caste or religion.
Tea and Tourism Festival
Tea and Tourism Festival of Kodaikanal is celebrate the magic of tea during the last week of January month every year.Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.
To educate and expose people to the tradition of tea, the event will include tasting sessions, display and a mini-exhibition on the history and culture of tea. This festival is organized by the Tourism Department for three days in hilly regions of kodaikanal. Various programs are held during the celebration & tourist enjoys taste of various tea available on hills.
Pongal is celebrated over four days, usually spanning January 13 to 16 in the Gregorian calendar. This corresponds to the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai.
The day marks the start of the suns six-month-long journey northwards (the Uttarayanam). This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn. Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the Sun - the Surya Maangalyam.
The origins of the Thai Pongal festival may date to more than 1000 years ago. Epigraphic evidence suggests the celebration of the Puthiyeedu during the Medieval Chola empire days. Puthiyeedu is believed to represent the first harvest of the year. Tamil people refer to Pongal as "Tamizhar Thirunaal," the festival of Tamizhs. Thai Pongal, also referred to as Makara Sankranti, is referred to in the classic work of Hindu astrology, the Surya Siddhanta.
Summer Festival is a celebration held in Kodaikanal where tourist can experience the beauty of the Kodaikanal. The summer festival of Kodaikanal attracts all tourists to participate in adventure and sport activities.
The Summer Festival held during the month of may in kodaikanal. The Kodaikanal Summer Festival includes various cultural & sport programmes such as fruit shows,boat race, entertaitment shows,competitions and flowers exhibition.