Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram – Festivals
Every day is a day of festivity at Kamakshi Amman Temple. Four worship services are offered each day.
Golden Chariot Procession:
The Golden Chariot is taken in a procession every night at 7.30 PM and on Fridays, Full Moon and New Moon Days and the first day of every Tamil month.
Sankara Jayanthi (April – May):
Whenever a festival is celebrated in this temple, the first honors are paid to Adi Sankara. The most important festival of the Kamakshi Amman Temple is the Sankara Jayanthi festival celebrated in the month of Chithrai. On this occasion Soundarya Lahari is chanted on all the ten days of the festival in front of Kamakshi Amman.
Spring Festival (May – June):
Vasanta Utsavam (Spring Festival) in Vaikasi (May-June) is a special celebration in the temple.
Brahmotsavam, Chariot and Float Festivals (February – March):
The annual Brahmotsavam Festival occurs in Masi (February-March) and the Ther (chariot) Festival and Theppam (float festival) are highlights of the celebrations.
Other important festivals include Navarathri (September-October), Aadi (July-August) and Aippasi Pooram (October-November when the star Pooram reigns over the skies).
All Fridays are considered sacred and auspicious. Fridays in Aadi (July-August) and Thai (January-February) are very special and celebrated to honor Suhasinis (women whose husbands are alive).