THE LEGEND OF CAR FESTIVAL
It has a special reason and awe-some back ground that heightens its glory.
Once, it appears Devendra incurred displeasure to Brihaspathi - the Devaguru In consequence, he was
defeated by Vritra with the support of Nalwsha. Nahusha, in his power lust dethroned Vrithra and became
King. And he went to the extent of claiming Indrani as his property. Chaste Indrani restored to a device
to get rid of that lustful beast - asked him to 46 visit her in Palanquin borne by the Saptarishis.
The egoistic Nahausha insulted them while carrying. They cursed him to turn into a serpent.
In the mean time, Indra realizing the glory of Kadambavana - the abode of Siva descended and
Pleased with his ardor, Siva giving back his kingdom, blessed
him with the privilege of worshipping him on the auspicious Chitra Pournami for success and
bliss. He did And since then this festival has gained special significance,
and confers bliss, if Siva is worshipped on this auspicious day. This ten-day
festival recreates the marriage of goddess Meenakshi to Lord Siva, when the charming deities are taken
out in carved and exotically decorated wooden chariot pulled along the main streets by
thousands of devotees. Devout bhaktas feel their life attains charithartha, if avail the sight of that
grand chariot and worship the pods then.