Teppam Festival

Religious in Madurai

A popular 12-day event held on the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai, when Meenakshi Amman Temple deities are paraded around town in elaborate procession and floated in a brightly lit 'minitemple' on the huge Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank, 3km east of the old city.

The evening culminates in Shiva’s seduction of his wife, whereupon the icons are brought back to the temple to make love and, in so doing, regenerate the universe. Meenakshi’s diamond nose stud is even removed so it doesn’t irritate her lover.